Sociology Research Programme: PARIS

PARIS : Participation in Society

Research in the VUA Department of Sociology is organized in the PARIS ― PARticipation In Society —Research Program. PARIS covers a wide spectrum of social participation, including participation in education, labour market, family and social networks, voluntary organisations, and contentious and non-contentious political participation.  Our concerns are both with how social participation contributes to society (cohesion, inclusion) and the share people obtain in social distribution (inequality, exclusion). Rather than adhering to a single theoretical framework, PARIS-researchers liberally employ a variety of theories and methods suited for the research problem they address. Research questions are derived from the social problems faced in the various realms of social participation, as well as from the unsolved puzzles of the sociological discipline. PARIS researchers apply methodological approaches ranging from large-scale quantitative to in-depth qualitative research strategies. The choice of a particular research method is driven by objectives and research questions of the projects as well as the competences of individual researchers.

PARIS research groups
Much of PARIS research goes on in research groups that bring together PARIS researchers with common research interests and expertise (and a common past). Group seminars meet weekly of bi-weekly. They are publicly announced and open to all.  Typically research group seminars discuss ongoing work of researchers.

SILC (Social Inequality in the Life Course)
Research on in- and exclusion in socio-economic distribution processes from a life course perspective. How is participation in education, employment and income in young and middle adulthood affected by processes of modernization and globalization, and new forms of government regulation?

SoCA (Social Context of Aging)
Research on participation of older people in various social domains, in particular employment, voluntary organizations and informal relationships with family and friends. How are formal and informal participation in later life by individual aging and the aging society?  

SCC (Social Conflict and Change)
Research on participation in social movements, in particular participation in contentious politics (e.g. demonstrations). How is contentious political participation in society triggered by social change and inequality in late modern societies? 

IDI (Identities, Diversity and Inclusion)
Research on the struggles for participation and inclusion of individuals and groups sharing specific identities. How are feelings of in- and exclusion in local, national and global society affected by the interaction of identities and (normalizing) structure? 

PARIS Research Staff
Research time in the research program is allocated in three contingents. (A) Research time of permanent academic staff. At present, PARIS bring together the work of 5 full professors (HL), 7 part-time professors with special appointments (BHL), 5 associate professors (UHD) and 10 assistant professors (UD). (B) Research time of PhD students who conduct specific projects, usually funded by outside funds and ending in a doctoral dissertation. At present there are some 20 current PhD projects. (C) Research time in other funded projects, which may be conducted by post-doc researchers, researchers with fixed-term contracts and research assistants.

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