The TOLERACE project proposes a comparative analysis that focuses on the meanings of (anti-)racism and tolerance in different European contexts, exploring how they are shaped through the mediation of civil society organizations and public institutions and policies (at the European, national, regional and local level).
Our working hypothesis is that public policies in Europe do not adequately take into account racism, resulting in precarious anti-racist measures and thus failing to question current approaches to integration and to challenge discriminatory social structures. We anticipate that this is related to the increasing relevance of the idea of tolerance in public political cultures and the prevalence of dominant conceptions of racism operated by public bodies and local mediation agents.
New knowledge and European added value
The TOLERACE project aims to achieve a contextualized comparative analysis of local/regional cases identifying racist structures and practices and to address the role of European framing of policies and organizations. On the one hand, the focus on semantics will allow to explore the extent to which the idea of (in)tolerance in European public political cultures is related to (anti-)racism. On the other, the focus on local mediation agents will allow to understand the re-definition of (anti-)racism within a set of complex ways of belonging and of governing difference, and thus related to multiple forms of discrimination (such as religious and linguistic).
The project seeks to elaborate proposals regarding anti-racism policies within a multiple discrimination approach, jointly with public bodies and civil society representatives.
Thematic research fields
Academic narratives, public discourses and policies on racism/anti-racism and tolerance/intolerance.
The analysis of the different meanings of these concepts and political processes within the academic production (e.g. history, sociology, political theory, anthropology and social psychology), and its interrelations to current public discourses and policies in the national and wider European contexts under study.
Local policy responses, discrimination and employment.
The empirical study of cases regarding employment, to analyze the role and effectiveness of local mediation agents (e.g. city councils, grassroots organizations) and to examine how the localization of (anti-)racist measures is shaping conceptions of racism and related discriminations.
Difference and integration in education.
The analysis of official policies and school responses to situations of complex cultural diversity (particularly, linguistic and religious).
The empirical study of cases will be used to understand how questions of tolerance, integration and (anti-)racism are deployed in everyday discourses and practices.
Public issues and denunciations.
To examine the role of the media in the construction of racism as a public issue and thus as a key social and political problem.
This will be achieved through the analysis of the framing of cases in each national/regional context.
As regards to the TOLERACE project, this research in Andalusia provides a multidisciplinary and comparative analysis of the migratory processes in Seville and El Ejido. These case studies allow to have a full view of the local diversity in our territory with regard to the increasing multiculturalism in our society, to the integration processes of such diversity and to the policies, social interventions, perceptions and discourses within the different areas of action.
• A Toolkit for the analysis of racism and related discrimination and institutional responses, with a specific emphasis on education and employment. A web-based resource aimed at promoting and informing the development of anti-racist policies, illustrated with examples from the TOLERACE case studies.
• An online database with the most representative mass-media coverage of the cases selected for the study of public issues and denunciations in each European context.
• Scientific publications in national and international social sciences journals, and in different languages, making available the main findings to wider academic audiences.
• Policy briefs that will emphasize the key policy messages that emerge from both the analysis of public policies and empirical case studies.
• Participatory workshops, to promote discussions between state-endorsed institutions and civil society representatives and academics. These policy dialogues will focus both on provisional research findings and on measures being proposed by public policies regarding racism and related discriminations.
European added value:
The TOLERACE project aims at:
- Developing an interdisciplinary and comparative approach for the understanding of contemporary racism/anti-racism that it is grounded in the specific cases under study and that takes into account the relevance of racism within the historical formation of the European national states.
- Exploring the extent to which the idea of tolerance/intolerance in European public political cultures is related to anti-racism/racism.
- Adding relevant knowledge both to public bodies and grassroots organizations committed to anti-racism.
- Elaborating proposals regarding anti-racism policies within a multiple discrimination approach, jointly with public bodies and civil society representatives working at local and regional level.
GEISA (Grupo para el Estudio de las Identidades Socioculturales en Andalucía)
Code PAIDI: SEJ-149
Ángeles Castaño Madroñal. Socio.
Universidad de Sevilla
Budget of Andalusian group: € 224,175.00
- Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES),
- Universidade de Coimbra Portugal
- Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Velfærd (SFI)Denmark
- EuropaUniversität Viadrina –
- Frankfurt (EUV)Germany
- Centro de Estudios sobre la Identidad Colectiva:
- Universidad del País Vasco (UPV)
- Grupo para el Estudio de las identidades Socioculturales en
- Universidad de Sevilla (US)
- Centre for Ethnicity & Racial Studies
- University of Leeds (CERS)United Kingdom