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The semantics of tolerance and (anti-)racism in Europe: public bodies and civil society on a comparative perspective

Objective

The TOLERACE project proposes a contextualised comparative analysis that focuses on the semantics and regimes of (anti-)racism and tolerance in different European contexts, exploring how they are shaped through the mediation of public institutions and policies at the European, national, regional and local level, and civil society organisations. We seek to explore how the different meanings given to tolerance and (anti-)racism are embedded in wider ideas and discourses on citizenship, more precisely in the (re-)definition of European identities in relation to current immigration policies and post-colonial situations.
Our hypothesis is that public policies do not sufficiently incorporate anti-racist measures, resulting in precarious modes of integration and making social structures vulnerable to racism. Additionally, we critically consider that de-historicised, dominant conceptions of racism (as a problem of extremist ideologies and their supporters and a well-bounded, localised phenomenon) are failing to address the relationship between nationality, racism and citizenship. Therefore, we propose an analysis that locates racism within a set of complex ways of belonging and of governing difference, and thus related to multiple forms of discrimination (such as religious and linguistic).
Three comparative analytical strategies will be followed: (i) Critical analysis of public policies and campaigns focused on the celebration of diversity and the promotion of anti-racism measures and tolerance, in relation to broader multicultural and/or intercultural political traditions; (ii) Empirical analysis of regional/local cases in each national context, as located in the socio-political spaces created by the interplay of (anti-)racism and (in-)tolerance, focusing on two life spheres – education and employment; (iii) The role of the media in the construction of public issues and in making visible racism as a key social problem, within each national/regional context.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Coordinator

CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SOCIAIS
Address
Colegio S Jeronimo Praca D Dinis
3000 995 Coimbra
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 461 499
Administrative Contact
João Paulo Dias (Mr.)

Participants (5)

SOCIAL FORSKNINGS INSTITUTTET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 324 600
Address
Herluff Trolles Gade 11
1052 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lisbeth Pedersen (Dr.)
STIFTUNG EUROPA-UNIVERSITAT VIADRINA FRANKFURT (ODER)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 322 425
Address
Grosse Scharrnstrasse 59
15230 Frankfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Peter (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 239 752
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sanchez Charo (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 224 175
Address
Calle S. Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margarita Martínez Pais Loscertales (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 241 283
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Salman Sayyid (Dr.)