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Projects in 2004

The Impact of EU Enlargement on Central European Party Systems and Electoral Alignments

The British Academy-funded project focuses on the process of EU enlargement and its impact on party systems and electoral alignments in the eight Central European countries involved in the process since 2004. EU enlargement and the membership of these countries is likely to have had a significant impact on the character and spectrum of parties present in these countries during the process of enlargement and the early phase of a European Union that numbered twenty-five in 2004 and reached twenty-seven in 2007.

ESRC Identities and Social Action Research Programme

The ESRC invested £4 million in 25 research projects based in universities around the UK. These projects will deepen our understanding of the processes involved in the making of selves, groups and communities.

Migration, Democracy and Security (MIDAS)

In response to 9/11, governments across the world have introduced policies that have impacted on traditional freedom rights - the core to liberal democracies. The securitisation - i.e. the legitimation of emergency measures by reference to an existential threat - of the freedom of movement played an important role in developing these policies. The Copenhagen School of security studies has argued that securitisation is problematic to democratic politics.

Creating Citizen-Consumers: Changing Relationships and Identifications

This recently completed project, funded by the ESRC and AHRB under the 'Cultures of Consumption' research programme, explored changing relationships and identifications in the intersection between the public and public services. It studied three different services: health care, policing and social care in a period when public services were being urged to treat people who used services as 'consumers'. The research team surveyed and interviewed members of the public, front line staff and managers in three services - health care, policing and social care in order to explore:

Governing the Subjects and Spaces of Ethical Consumption

This research project, funded under the ESRC/ AHRC Cultures of Consumption programme, examines the pragmatics of getting people to adopt 'ethical' consumption behaviour. Empirical research will examine how the ethical dispositions already implicit in routine consumption become the object of explicit policies and campaigns of ethical consumption; and how the adoption of ethical consumption practices transform the patterns of self-cultivation practised by ordinary people in everyday life.

Ethnicities, Identities and Social Organisations in Contemporary Rural England

This recently completed Leverhulme Trust funded research examined questions of attachment, inclusion, nation and locality through an examination of the nature of the relationship between the contemporary English countryside and the 'rurally included'. The category 'rurally included' was defined as those rural populations who are 'accounted for' in dominant rural narratives i.e. those who appear to make a confident and a seemingly uncontested claim to rural belonging.

Children's Understanding of their Sibling Relationships

Children's relationships with their brothers and sisters are an important part of their everyday lives. Most research on siblings examines predetermined topics, rather than starting from children's own perspectives. This study, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and involving 58 children aged seven to 13, listened to their accounts of everyday life with their brothers and sisters, showing them to be insightful commentators. The research team found that:

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