The overall project aim is to extend knowledge about values and religions in Europe by the investigation of communities representing various values and religious beliefs in New Member States.
The strategic objectives of this proposal are to
a) assess the degree of subgroup differentiation in the post communist societies,
b) to study how the differentiation process is proceeding,
c) to investigate the degree to which the subgroup structures and processes vary in several post-communist societies,
d) to compare both the subgroup structure and the processes in the post-communist societies to those seen in western Europe.
How groups arise, function, and disappear is of interest both in theory and in practice. The scientific interest arises because the matter is topical in the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, sociology), and also because the dynamics of groups is clearly non-linear and recent advances in computational tools make the study of such processes finally possible. These topics are of great practical concern and applicability because they impact such crucial issues as social cohesion, inter-group tensions, discord, and violence.
Project will use advantages of interdisciplinary approach, based on the methodology of cultural/social/political anthropology. This will be implemented through fieldwork emphasising an in-depth integration of researchers into the groups under analysis with the purpose of revealing the meanings of the real life as well as understanding the meanings of values and religions, deriving from these groups and spread into the society-at-large. For evaluation of research results and recommendations novel approach of field-testing will be used when possibilities effectively exploit recommendations of the project in real field conditions with participation of the groups under investigation will be made.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project