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Proyecto de investigación

The semantics of tolerance and (anti-)racism in Europe: public bodies and civil society on a comparative perspective (TOLERACE)

Responsable: Ángeles Castaño Madroñal
Tipo de Proyecto/Ayuda: 7º Programa Marco de la U.E.
Referencia: 244633
Web: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/94548_en.html
Fecha de Inicio: 01-03-2010
Fecha de Finalización: 28-02-2013

Empresa/Organismo financiador/es:

  • Commission of the European Communities (Research Directorate-General)


  • Centro de Estudos Sociais (Boaventura de Sousa Santos)
  • Social Forsknings Instituttet (Tina Gudrun Jensen)
  • Europa-Universitat Viadrina Frankfurt (Frank Peter)
  • Universidad del País Vasco (Gabriel Gatti)
  • University of Leeds (Salman Sayyid)



  • Nombramiento de Becario:
    • Ana Anguita López
    • Erica Bredy
    • José Luis Calvo Domínguez
    • Fernando Martínez Cabezudo
    • Iván Periáñez Bolaño
    • Gema Estela Silva Casco

Resumen del proyecto:

The TOLERACE project proposes a contextualized comparative analysis that focuses on the semantics and regimes of (anti-)racism and tolerance in different European contexts, exploring how they are shaped through the mediation of public institutions and policies at the European, national, regional and local level, and civil society organizations. We seek to explore how the different meanings given to tolerance and (anti-)racism are embedded in wider ideas and discourses on citizenship, more precisely in the (re-)definition of European identities in relation to current immigration policies and post-colonial situations. Our hypothesis is that public policies do not sufficiently incorporate anti-racist measures, resulting in precarious modes of integration and making social structures vulnerable to racism. Additionally, we critically consider that de-historicized, dominant conceptions of racism (as a problem of extremist ideologies and their supporters and a well-bounded, localized phenomenon) are failing to address the relationship between nationality, racism and citizenship.

Therefore, we propose an analysis that locates 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). Three comparative analytical strategies will be followed:

  • Critical analysis of public policies and campaigns focused on the celebration of diversity and the promotion of anti-racism measures and tolerance, in relation to broader multicultural and/or intercultural political traditions.
  • Empirical analysis of regional/local cases in each national context, as located in the socio-political spaces created by the interplay of (anti-)racism and (in-)tolerance, focusing on two life spheres education and employment.
  • The role of the media in the construction of public issues and in making visible racism as a key social problem, within each national/regional context.

FEDER - Union Europea

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