Title Fragmentation and Exclusion: Understanding and Overcoming the Multiple Impacts of the European Crisis
Framework Bilateral R&D Cooperation between Greece and Germany 2013-2015
Project Number GER_2365
Start – End Date 01/11/2013 – 30/10/2015
Duration 24 months
Instrument / Type National Range Action «Bilateral, Multilateral and Regional R&D Cooperation»
Funding Agency European Regional and Development Fund and National Resources
Total Project Funding 249.619,02 €
Project Homepage http://www.fragmex.eu/
The crisis has created processes of fragmentation and exclusion both within and between European societies, on different levels: on a material level, as rising levels of unemployment and poverty are producing new social security “outsiders” and on an ideational level, whereby a discursive-cultural rift is forming between the new (and old) insiders and outsiders. Crises also contain opportunities for change and renewal. There is increasing evidence of the emergence of spontaneous civil society initiatives, which aim at addressing the fragmentation and exclusion processes on the material and ideational levels. It is an objective of this research programme to identify and analyze such initiatives and design mechanisms for their propagation.
A rift is developing between the societies of the countries of the North, which are called upon to provide financial assistance to the countries of the European periphery hit by the crisis and the societies of the latter countries, which react negatively to the policy conditionality that accompanies this assistance. The objective of this project is to study these phenomena as they threaten stability and cohesion both within and between European societies.
Greece and Germany constitute two ideal case studies. Greece is the country worst hit by the current crisis and has received the biggest financial assistance package, which has been accompanied however, by the most ambitious adjustment programme. Germany on the other hand, has emerged as the undisputed economic hegemon of Europe and displayed an exceptional robustness to the crisis. The two countries have been at the epicenter of the crisis and exemplify the problems of fragmentation and exclusion described above.
FRAGMEX project aims at:
- Description and analysis of patterns of economic and social exclusion in Germany and Greece.
- Documentation and analysis of the ideational fragmentation and exclusion process between the German and Greek societies as a result of the current crisis.
- The identification and analysis of civil society initiatives towards combating either type of fragmentation and exclusion.
The project outcomes will be:
- A Social Profile Report on poverty and social exclusion before and after the crisis in Greece;
- Survey of economic and sociological studies on poverty and social exclusion in Germany from 2000;
- Content analysis report from interviews in each country;
- Theoretical “Regulation-Proximity” model;
- Mapping case studies into the model of “Regulation- Proximity”;
- Social networking electronic;
- Training content;
- Three (3) end user group meetings;
- One (1) Closing Conference in each country;
- A social computing platform that will serve as a major dissemination tool;