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RE.CRI.RE

Between the representation of the crisis and the crisis of representation

Between the representation of the crisis and the crisis of representation. How crisis changed the symbolic background of European societies and identities. Implication for policies and policy making.

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Abstract

This project aims to understand what kind of social identity change is going on within European societies. For policymaking, the analysis of social identity is highly valuable because the social identity moderates the impact of policies. And this is particularly true in times of crisis. In particular, the project aims:

  • A. to verify whether the symbolic universes grounding the social identity has undergone a major change within European societies, as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis;
  • B. to draw strategic and methodological implications for policy-making from point A. This project includes 4 core scientific work packages: 
    a) Multilevel Analysis of the Symbolic Universes, aimed at mapping structurally and developmentally the systems of meaning (i.e. the symbolic universes) grounding the social identity; 
    b) Case Studies for policies, aimed at see how different policies have been organized and how their impact might or might not have been moderated by the symbolic dynamics at stake; 
    c) the results of this analysis will be transformed into abstract criteria, contextualised in 5 different European macro-Regions, discussed with stakeholders, opinions leaders, policy-makers and finally stored within the guidelines; 
    d) finally, the guidelines will be validated in terms of pertinence, effectiveness and the feasibility criteria, through seminars with the policy makers, opinion leaders and stakeholders, belonging to national, European, international Agencies involved in the construction and implementation of policies. Also, focus groups will be organized in each cultural context in order to study the impact of context-specific criteria.

Objectives

This project aims to understand what kind of social identity change is going on within European societies, and from this analysis to gather suggestions in order to improve the efficiency of policies operating in/for the sake of a post-crisis scenario. For policy-making, the analysis of social identity is highly valuable because the social identity moderates the impact of policies. And this is particularly true in times of crisis (see below). In particular, the project aims: A) to verify whether the symbolic universes grounding the social identity has undergone a major change within European societies, as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis; B) to draw strategic and methodological implications for policy-making from point A.

To this end, the project pursues the following goals:

  1. To map the systems of meanings (henceforth symbolic universes) grounding the social identities in the different European societies.
  2. To analyze what different higher mental functions (e.g. way of feeling, thinking, planning; forms and processes of memory; logical structures of reasoning, locus of control) symbolic universes are associated with, and through what different forms of behavior and communication they are expressed in daily life circumstances.
  3. To estimate the relation of the symbolic universes with the socio-economical phenomena (e.g. forms of social behaviours, functioning of institutions, characteristics of communities, consumptions, economic activities).
  4. To verify whether a major change of the symbolic universes grounding the social identity has been occurring/has occurred.
  5. To analyze at what extent such a change is distributed in European local contexts, in connection with what socio-cultural (broadly speaking) conditions.
  6. To explore the repercussions of the change of the symbolic universes for some social objects, relevant to European cohesion (e.g. Europe, democracy; participation; social inclusion).
  7. To understand the role played by the symbolic universes in mediating the impact of policies;
  8. To identify both general guidelines and context-specific, strategic and methodological guidelines for policy-making in post-crisis contexts, that are consistent with the symbolic universes at stake.
  9. To validate both general and context-specific guidelines in terms of relevance, effectiveness, feasibility as well as appropriateness to the symbolic universes.
prof. dr. M.J. (Maarten) Keune

Coordinator

prof. dr. P.T. (Paul) de Beer

Researcher

dr. W.M. (Wike) Been

Researcher

Acroniem RE.CRI.RE
Looptijd Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
In opdracht van European Commission - Horizon 2020
Contract nummer 649436
Budget € 2 724 471
Key words social identities, europe, mental functions, behavior, behaviour, social behaviours, socio-cultural, democracy, participation, social inclusion, guidelines, policy-making, multilevel analysis, case studies for policies, stakeholders, opinion leaders, policy-makers.
Partners Association des Agences de la democratie locale - Strasbourg (fr) (coordinator)
  Istituto scientifico biomedico euro mediterraneo SCPA - Brindisi (it)
  Aalborg Universitet (dk)
  Università del Salento - Lecce (it)
  Universita ta Malta - Msida (mt)
  University of Cyprus - Nicosia (cy)
  Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis - Thessaloniki (gr)
  Universita degli studie Roma (it)
  New Bulgarian University - Sofia (bg)
  University of Amsterdam, AIAS (nl)
  Panepistimio Kritis (University of Crete) - Rethymno (gr)
  Tallinn University - Tallinn (ee)
  University Road - Leicester (uk)
  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (de)
  Universite d'Aix Marseille (fr)
  Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia - Madrid (es)