Civil Society Organizations and the Challenges of Migration and Diversity: Agents of Change (ZOMiDi)
The collaborative project investigates how and why civil society organizations change in response tomigration and societal diversity. Civil society organizationsplay a key role in processes of social self organizationand participation,they are indispensable for the societal integration of developed democracies. While we now know that migration processes transform host societies, we are also aware of the persistence of institutions and organizations and the related processes of exclusionand discrimination. The project investigates this tension focusing on conditions and actors that further change towards more openness, diversity and participation. Central are organizations for whomdifference and participation are constitutive because they represent particular, potentially disadvantaged population groups.
The sub-project conducted at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity investigates an organization that brings together and represents people with a disability and their families and another organization from the field of LBGT/sexual identity. Other sub-projects investigate an organization of employees and another in the field of health/HIV. The projects aim to analyze in how far identities, the interpretation of tasks and target groups as well as practices change in the organizations investigated here and why this happens. Do organizations that have some affinity with difference respond in similar ways to the challenges linked with migration? What 'best practices' for organizational change can they offer? The aims of the project are relevant for academic and applied contexts.
Core academic subjects
Political Sociology of Migration, Sociology of Emotions and Affects, Sociology of Space, Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research