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Projects in 2009

Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism

Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism

This project, led by Prof Engin Isin, is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2). The project focuses on the interaction between two controversial and contested concepts: citizenship – the process by which belonging is recognised and enacted – and orientalism – the assertion of the superiority of western culture over its eastern counterparts.

Community participation and social inclusion: The work of Community Mobilisers in Milton Keynes

Investigators: Deb Drake (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Kate Smith (Curriculum Manager, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Katy Simmons (OU Faculty of Education and Language Studies)

Gender and Intra-Household Entitlements (GeNix): A Cross-National Longitudinal Analysis

Investigators: Susan Himmelweit (Professor, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Jerome De Henau (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Cristina Santos (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences) and Zeenat Soobedar (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Childhoods, Communities and Social Inequalities

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Investigators: Helen Lomax (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care) and Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Maternal Identity, Care and Intersubjectivity

The aim for this ESRC-funded work is to extend the implications of Prof Wendy Holloway’s recent empirical project on the identity transition involved in becoming a mother to wider theoretical, methodological, epistemological and applied questions raised by a psycho-social approach to identity research.

Research questions:

Everyday Encounters in Children’s Centres: placing women’s participation

Investigator: Ellie Jupp (OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

The research seeks to understand how far interactions and identifications at Childrens Centres are framed by rationalities of parenting policy and how far by other dynamics of collective life including friendship, locality and community activism.

Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

ENACT is a consortium bringing together researchers from three original member states of the European Union (UK, Belgium and the Netherlands), two new member states (Hungary and Latvia) and a candidate state (Turkey) to explore in depth how European citizenship is claimed, disputed, built – in short, enacted.

ESRC Director's Research Fellowship: Professor Margie Wetherell

The award will allow a final round of research development and publication. Professor Wetherell will be using the award to write a monograph on new identity theory emerging from the Identities and Social Action programme, focusing in particular on work on affect, the psychosocial and social subjectivities. In addition, she will be continuing to engage in knowledge transfer activities writing up and disseminating overall programme findings on identity, social exclusion and community cohesion.

Emergent Publics

This two-year Research Seminar Series, running from the start of 2008 to the end of 2009, challenges assumptions about the decline of the public sphere in the face of 'neo-liberal' challenges to public institutions, processes of individualization and transformations of collective solidarities. It reorients analysis towards understanding the development of new practices, sites and definitions of publicness.

The value of publicness has come to the fore because of a number of processes:

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