FragMex

Fragmentation & Exclusion

Understanding & Overcoming the multiple

Impacts of the European Crisis


Principal Tasks

In order to gain insights on ways to overcome the crisis, we first need to analyze both dimensions of exclusion and fragmentation, since the European project is as much about ensuring a high level of material well-being for European citizens as it is about building a European identity.

To achieve this goal, we propose that research on this issue is organized on two basic pillars:

  • Description and analysis of patterns of economic and social exclusion in Germany and Greece and their public perceptions in each country, before and after the crisis and
  • Documentation and analysis of the ideational fragmentation and exclusion process taking place between the German and Greek societies as a result of the current crisis.

In addition to these two pillars, we propose another, third pillar of research. This pillar relates to the need to identify positive ways to address material and ideational fragmentation and exclusion and safeguard social and economic cohesion in Germany and Greece but also across Europe. Indeed, while economic crises can displace individuals on the economic and social spheres, they also hold a potential for change and renewal. During this crisis, there is increasing evidence of a number of grass-roots social solidarity initiatives taking place, aiming to address both material and ideational exclusion (within societies and across countries). Accordingly, the third pillar of this project will focus on:

  • The identification and analysis of civil society initiatives towards combating either type of fragmentation and exclusion, as well as on the development of mechanisms for the promotion of such initiatives in both countries.

Main Tasks (Work Packages)
WP1

Poverty, social exclusion and their public perception before and after the crisis (months: 1-10)
Description and analysis of patterns of economic and social exclusion in Germany and Greece and their public perceptions in each country, before and after the crisis.


WP2

German and Greek public discourses on the Greek crisis (6-18 months)
Documentation and analysis of the ideational fragmentation and exclusion process taking place between the German and Greek societies as a result of the current crisis. The research shall be conducted by means of the sociology-of-knowledge theory and deploying the qualitative empirical analysis approach. Taking 2010-2012 as reference period the analytic-interpretative data evaluation follows the principles of grounded theory methodology.


WP3

Civil society and social cohesion: Learning from citizens collective networking actions (months 1-24)
This WP relates to the need to identify positive ways to address material and ideational fragmentation and exclusion and safeguard social and economic cohesion in Germany and Greece but also across Europe. Indeed, while economic crises can displace individuals on the economic and social spheres, they also hold a potential for change and renewal. During this crisis, there is increasing evidence of a number of grass-roots social solidarity initiatives taking place, aiming to address both material and ideational exclusion (within societies and across countries). Accordingly, this WP will focus on the identification and analysis of civil society initiatives towards combating either type of fragmentation and exclusion, as well as on the development of mechanisms for the promotion of such initiatives in both countries accordingly to the theoretical model 'Proximity-Regulation'.