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Social Strategies in risk society

Objective



Objectives
1. To identify the complexity of forms of social exclusion in contemporary, globalised Europe, with attention to spatial, generational, educational, gender and ethnic differences.
2. To use contemporary social theory and biographical methodologies to develop new perspectives in European social policy and bridge the gaps between theory, policy, practice and experience.
3. To treat welfare citizens as active, moral and emotional agents with their own individual and social strategies within the constraints and opportunities of modern risk societies.
4. To explore and compare interrelationships between national welfare regimes, third sector associational forms, and informal networks, as contexts for social strategies and as they are 'lived through' in individual biographies.
5. To use and build on the resources of a strong network of experienced qualitative researchers in the development of new instruments in comparative analysis of social policy; the frequency of meetings and staged progress will maximise flexibility and experimentation, and the collaborative refining of expertise.
6. To make a study of flagship projects in each country, focusing on client and professional perspectives and relationships, in order to highlight examples of best practice in contrasting national and social settings. 7. To consult with and influence policy makers in the development of more socially facilitative yet differentiated policy mechanisms.
Description
The study is in two phases, 1996-8 and 1998-9. The first phase will compare six social groups (ex-traditional workers, unemployed graduates, unqualified youths; lone parents; early retirees; ethnic minorities) in eight countries, which represent a great variety of welfare regimes. The second phase examines flagship agencies as examples of best practice.
The partners meet approximately three times a year, in a process of intensive, specialist collaboration. Preliminary reports will be produced at regular intervals before the two final reports. Policy makers will be consulted through three policy meetings involving government, NGO, political party representatives in each country, as well as at the EU level.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of East London
Address
Longbridge Road
RM8 2AS Dagenham
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Bellaterra - Edifici B - Facultat De Scien
08193 Bellaterra
GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
ITER SRL - CENTRE RICERCHE E SERVIZI
Italy
Address
Via Ascensione 5
80121 Napoli
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Germany
Address
23,Brandebergweg 23
06099 Halle
SEXTANT COMPANY FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Greece
Address
9 A,irakleous 40
118 51 176 71 Kallithea - Athens
Université de Paris VII
France
Address
2,Place Jussieu 2
75251 Paris