Politics and Actors in Societal Conflict
This group explores minority issues and societal conflicts through the lens of actors and the politics of agency. Its actor-centred research focuses on mobile people, diverse societies, inequalities and their interactions with minority issues.
This research group explores minority issues and societal conflicts through the lens of actors and the politics of agency. Through this actor-centred approach, it studies mobile people, diverse societies, inequalities and their interactions with minority issues.
The research group “Politics and Actors in Societal Conflicts” (PACS) is composed of a diverse team of political scientists, anthropologists, legal scholars and scholars of religious studies. We contribute to established minority rights scholarship by going beyond institutional and legal approaches.
PACS develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the behavior of various actors - both political actors and civil society actors - and their motivations, strategies and claims in societal conflicts.
The research group studies various types of formal and informal action and participation in societies and in political systems. It examines actors’ roles and impact on the formulation and implementation of policies in different minority contexts. Moreover, it evaluates the relations and dynamics between actors and reveals underlying frames, networks and power struggles which overall contribute to the politics of agency.
For the next three years, the group will focus its research on the substate level, including regions and cities, and apply the actor-centred approach to the study of societal conflicts, with a particular focus on:
- migration governance,
- identity politics,
- the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
In relation to migration governance, PACS studies the role of regions, cantons, provinces and Bundesländer in formulating immigrant integration policies, the relations between the various levels of government involved in migration governance, and the networks of formal and informal actors involved, ranging from governments to NGOs, religious organizations and the civil society. Furthermore, it documents the behavior of regionalist and ethnic parties in relation to immigration and analyzes their positions, discourses, and claims.
When it comes to identity politics, PACS currently concentrates its research activities on the second generation of migrants and Roma women. It analyzes the different forms of political mobilization by member of these groups, with a particular focus on the claims raised and the specific challenges of contentious politics.
Furthermore, PACS considers the various actors working to represent these group – political parties, associations, social movements and interest groups – and the factors affecting their success.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further crystallized existing conflicts and vulnerabilities. PACS explores the intersection between various forms of inequalities and barriers to participation of vulnerable group, concentrating specifically on female strategies to negotiate the effects of the pandemic.
PACS studies the behaviour of interest groups, including new emerging networks, virtual networks and religious institutions, the emerging claims and the underlying frames in relation to unequal opportunities.
Research Group Projects
PACS - Being locked up? Female experiences and collective engagement during the Covid-19 pandemicDuration: September 2020 - September 2022
PACS - Between old discrimination and new empowerment: Romani Women´s Political Participation and ...Duration: August 2021 - August 2024
PACS - The role of religious organizations in the support of refugees, migrants and vulnerable ...Duration: September 2021 - September 2022
PACS - Identity politics and acts of citizenship (IPACS)Duration: August 2021 - December 2022
PACS - Immigration background, geographical area and political participationDuration: October 2021 - October 2024