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Social Distance in International Relations

Project description

Social distance in humanitarian aid policies

Political tensions, local and international conflicts as well as natural disasters characterise our era and demand humanitarian aid and other forms of intervention that still belong to foreign policy. It is estimated that people express different levels of concern and availability towards damaged communities. The EU-funded SoDiIR project proposes a study of the provision of support under the perspective of social distance that indicates the level of our relation or identification with others. The project will show how social distance establishes socio-emotional obstacles and influences people’s engagement in international catastrophes. It will also analyse how these personal reactions are translated into foreign policy decisions on the national level, focusing on Colombia, the Netherlands, the United States and Venezuela.

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Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 187 572,48