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Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender

Objective

This project aims to generate new insight into the religious, minority and gendered values, which influence social cohesion and social change in European society. Innovative in scope and methodology, this study captures a set of complex relations between religion, minorities and gender, because it is at the juncture of these three domains that some of the sharpest transitions in value systems are taking place in Europe.

WAVE is predicated on the assumption that intangible concepts such as 'cultural identities' and 'values' are understood best through the ways in which they are expressed and developed in practice. It thus examines the interaction of diverse value systems through the prism of welfare. Who provides what to whom, and for what reasons, are critical markers of the values of a given community as are who demands what and for what reasons. WAVE will entail in-depth qualitative research in medium-sized towns in twelve European countries.

By examining social interaction in the domain of provision of basic needs, WAVE aims to:
a. assess the impact of religion in societies across Europe as a bearer of values of solidarity and social cohesion, or as a source of tension and exclusion;
b. to study the values expressed by minority groups and the extent to which minorities are perceived to challenge the values and cultural identities of the local majorities (and vice versa); and
c. to examine whether there are particular elements of tension or cohesion embedded in values relating to gender and to the rights and needs associated with women and with men.

WAVE will suggest best practices of tolerance and social cohesion through the systematic comparison of case studies covering a broad range of majority religions, minority situations, and gender regimes. The project will incorporate close interaction with stakeholders in a process of informing citizens about EU objectives related to the research as well as transmitting their views on local policies to the EU.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
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Sankt Olofsgatan 10B
Uppsala
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Participants (14)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
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Northcote House, The Queen's Drive
Exeter

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UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
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Ul. Golebia 24
Krakow

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SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU
Croatia
Address
Trg Marsala Tita 14
Zagreb

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LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Address
Raina Blvd, 19
Riga

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UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
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Avenue De L'europe 20
Fribourg

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UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Office Old Elvet
Durham

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HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
Helsinki

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AGDER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Norway
Address
Gimlemoen 25
Kristiansand

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BAYERISCHE JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG
Germany
Address
Sanderring 2
Wuerzburg

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RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG.
Germany
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
Heidelberg

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KARLSTADS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Universitetsgatan 2
Karlstad

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ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES
France
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Boulevard Raspail 54
Paris

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PANTEION UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES
Greece
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Aristotelous Str. 14
Athens

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UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
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Via Viii Febbraio 2
Padova

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