1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Identities, Conflict and Cohesion


Identities affect patterns of exclusion and solidarity, and provide a basis for both social cohesion and conflict. This programme aims to assess how processes of development and social change, as well as public policies, shape identities.

The programme will focus on the concepts of difference, citizenship and accommodation to stress the complexity of ethnic and national identities and reveal how such identifications evolve over time and are reconfigured by political and economic changes. In so doing, the programme will direct attention to the need to contest and offer new perspectives for terms such as “indigeneity” and “nation”.

The projects under this programme aim to dismantle notions of closed or bounded identities and provide fresh insights into forms of identity formation and transformation.