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Life-Strategies and Survival Strategies of Households and Individuals in South-East European Societies in the Times of Crisis

English title Life-Strategies and Survival Strategies of Households and Individuals in South-East European Societies in the Times of Crisis
Applicant Rössel Jörg
Number 152626
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Soziologisches Institut Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.05.2014 - 30.09.2016
Approved amount 290'480.00
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Keywords (3)

SEE Societies; Survival Strategy; Economic Crisis

Lay Summary (German)

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Im Forschungsprojekt sollen die Veränderungen der sozialen Praktiken von Individuen und Haushalten in Serbien, Bosnien-Herzegowina, Kroatien und Slowenien, die durch die aktuelle Wirtschaftskrise ausgelöst wurden, untersucht werden. In transnationaler Perspektive beinhaltet dies die Analyse der Unterstützungsleistungen von Personen im Ausland, insbesondere in der Schweiz, an Einwohner der genannten Länder.
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Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Um die Veränderungen der sozialen Praktiken in Zeiten der Krise erfassen zu können, werden erstens die Bewältigungs- und Lebensstrategien der Individuen und Haushalte innerhalb sowie ausserhalb des ökonomischen Feldes identifiziert, beschrieben und klassifiziert. Diese umfassen unter anderen Tätigkeiten im formellen sowie informellen Wirtschaftssektor, spezifische Bildungsinvestitionen, die Familienplanung sowie nationale und transnationale Unterstützungsnetzwerke (beispielsweise Remissen). Zweitens sollen Veränderungen der Konsummuster und Lebensstile analysiert werden. Drittens sollen Unterschiede zwischen Strategien und Lebensstilen herausgearbeitet werden, die sich einerseits zwischen sozio-ökonomischen Gruppen innerhalb der Länder und andererseits zwischen den Ländern ergeben.

Zur Bearbeitung dieser Fragen wird ein Mixed-Methods Design verfolgt, bei dem quantitative sowie qualitative Methoden zum Einsatz kommen. Es werden umfassende standardisierte Befragungen in den südost-europäischen Ländern durchgeführt, die durch halb-offene Interviews mit ausgewählten Probanden und ihren Familienmitgliedern ergänzt werden. Um die transnationalen Unterstützungsnetzwerke zwischen diesen Ländern und der Schweiz zu erfassen, wird zudem eine standardisierte Befragung in der Schweiz durchgeführt.

 

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext

Die Aktualität und politische Brisanz des Themas, der innovative Ansatz eines Mixed-Method Designs sowie die enge Zusammenarbeit von Forschungsgruppen aus unterschiedlichen Ländern im Zuge des SCOPES Projektes verspricht eine hohe Qualität der theoretischen sowie empirischen Erkenntnisse, die für die sozialwissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft aber auch die politischen Entscheidungsträger von grossem Wert sind.

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Publications

Publication
Class in Yugoslav Socialism and in the Post-Yugoslav Societies (Part 1)
Tomić-Koludrović Inga, Petrić Mirko (2014), Class in Yugoslav Socialism and in the Post-Yugoslav Societies (Part 1), in Revija za sociologiju, 8, 107-137.
Class in Yugoslav Socialism and in the Post-Yugoslav Societies: Toward a Bourdieuan Repositioning of the Issue (Part 2)
Tomić-Koludrović Inga, Petrić Mirko (2014), Class in Yugoslav Socialism and in the Post-Yugoslav Societies: Toward a Bourdieuan Repositioning of the Issue (Part 2), in Revija za sociologiju, 44(3), 195-233.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Maribor, Department of Sociology Slovenia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Insitute of Economics Bosnia-Hercegovina (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe Serbien (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
University of Zadar, Department of Sociology Croatia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar Croatia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World – 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology Talk given at a conference The Socialist “Middle Class” Revisited: Consumption-Based Class Distinctions in Four Post-Yugoslav Countries 10.07.2016 Wien, Austria Tomic-Koludrovic Inga; Cveticanin Predrag;
Post-socialism: Hybridity, Continuity and Change Talk given at a conference Individual Lifestyle Consumption and Household Capitals in Four South-East European Countries in the Times of Crisis 25.06.2016 Novi Sad, Serbien Tomic-Koludrovic Inga;
Post-socialism: Hybridity, Continuity and Change Talk given at a conference The effects of the economic crisis on values and attitudes in Southeast Europe: Erosion of trust, retraditionalization’ and the decline of public good morality 25.06.2016 Novi Sad, Serbien Lavric Miran;
Post-socialism: Hybridity, Continuity and Change Talk given at a conference Hybridity of Social Structure in SEE Societies: From Occupational to Existential Class 25.06.2016 Novi Sad, Serbien Tomic-Koludrovic Inga; Cveticanin Predrag;
SCUD conference Talk given at a conference Rising inequalities and the return of the elites 06.06.2016 Uppsala, Sweden Cveticanin Predrag;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference Typology of household strategies in four countries of Southeast Europe in the times of crisis 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Lavric Miran; Cveticanin Predrag;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference Gender-role attitudes in four South-European societies in a time of crisis: A longitudinal analysis from 2008 to 2015 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Tomic-Koludrovic Inga;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference Household strategies in different parts of social space in South-East European societies 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Tomic-Koludrovic Inga; Cveticanin Predrag;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference The effects of global crisis on the house and the South East European region - an empirical investigation using survey data 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Efendic Adnan;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference Tastes and constraints: Cultural participation in four South-East European countries 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Tomic-Koludrovic Inga;
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis Talk given at a conference The global crisis and survival strategies in SEE countries – multilevel economic analysis 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia Efendic Adnan;
Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination - ESA 2015, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015 Talk given at a conference A move to modernity: Women in Croatia after the postsocialist transition 25.08.2015 Prag, Czech Republic Tomic-Koludrovic Inga;
XII conference of the European Sociological Association Talk given at a conference How Taste Does it: On Friendships, Symbolic and Social Boundaries in Serbia 25.08.2015 Prag, Czech Republic Cveticanin Predrag;
Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination - ESA 2015, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015 Talk given at a conference Youth in Croatia before and after the postsocialist transition: from convergence to convergence? 25.08.2015 Prag, Czech Republic Tomic-Koludrovic Inga;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Post-socialism: Hybridity, Continuity and Change 25.06.2016 Novi Sad, Serbien
Freedom & Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis 03.10.2015 Split, Croatia

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Survival strategy of households in Slovenia and implications for social policy Talk 26.11.2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Survival strategy of households in Slovenia and implications for social policy 26.11.2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Survival Strategies Of Households In Slovenia: Preliminary findings within study Life-Strategies and International 2016

Abstract

The aim of the research is to identify, describe and classify changes in social practices of individuals and households in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia brought about by the current world economic crisis. The research has several basic tasks. The first one is to identify, describe and create a typology of survival/coping strategies which are used by members of households in SEE societies in the attempt to preserve or improve their economic and social position in the times of crisis. Since such strategies in contemporary societies often have a transnational character, we also study the receipt of transnational support in form of remittances and social support in the four SEE countries from co-national migrants abroad. Furthermore, we analyze the giving of transnational support by migrants from these countries in Switzerland. The second task is to search for stable patterns of social practices in the fields outside the economic one, f.e. the education field, which would enable the construction of a typology of broader life strategies. The third aim is to identify and describe changes in consumption patterns of citizens of these societies in the conditions of economic deprivation, that is, changes in their lifestyles. For both the second and the third topic we also proceed according to a comparative method, juxtaposing persons in SEE countries and migrants from these countries in Switzerland. Fourthly we seek for an identification of differences between strategies and lifestyles of the members of different social groups in the studied societies. Finally, the last series of tasks refers to comparing these “responses to crisis“ in four target societies in general and among the members of the same social groups in different societies.
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