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Towards a “Topography” of Tolerance and Equal Respect. A comparative study of policies for the distribution of public spaces in culturally diverse societies

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244549

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 722 980,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 262 933

Coordinated by:

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia

Italy

Objective

Tolerance has been increasingly invoked as the inspiring ideal of a number of social policies in European democracies. Appeals to tolerance have animated especially the political debates on those policies addressed to accommodate minorities’ requests. Among such requests those for the allocation of public spaces have recently acquired pride of place in the political agendas of many European and extra-European countries (e.g. the allocation of space for Roma sites; Muslims’ requests to build places of worship and housing policies for migrants). Despite such a generalized political and societal relevance of the notion of tolerance, some problems may occur when policies inspired by it are implemented. In particular, the implementation of tolerance-inspired spatial policies may result in the marginalisation of differences and thus risk undermining social cohesion. What conception of tolerance may be invoked to limit such a risk? To answer this question, we shall test the hypothesis that grounding tolerance on equal respect for persons may contribute to the development of spatial policies capable of resolving the tensions between tolerance and social cohesion in culturally diverse societies. In particular, the project pursues 4 objectives:1.to develop a conceptual taxonomy to clarify the liaisons between tolerance, respect and spatial issues;2.to study the ways in which appeals to tolerance have informed the development of spatial policies;3.to investigate the influence of cultural diversities on the interpretations of tolerance in different national contexts;4.to extrapolate from the above studies an overall view of the connections between tolerance and equal respect. Our findings will be of interests to national and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), policy makers at a European, national, regional and municipal level and international academics engaged in the study of urban integration in different social, religious, cultural, and political contexts.
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Coordinator

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia

Address

Piazza Della Vittoria 15 Palazzo Del Broletto
27100 Pavia

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 165 724

Administrative Contact

Laura Sampietro (Ms.)

Participants (13)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 109 999

ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 65 388

UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I

France

EU Contribution

€ 108 320

PEKING UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 2 250

UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 92 837

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL PIEMONTE ORIENTALE AMEDEO AVOGADRO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 93 050

"FEDERAL STATE AUTONOMOUS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ""URAL FEDERAL UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA B.N.YELTSIN"""

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 77 625

Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 91 750

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 82 800

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 80 400

VIESOJI ISTAIGA EUROPOS HUMANITARINIS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 97 830

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 94 440

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 520

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244549

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 722 980,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 262 933

Coordinated by:

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia

Italy