Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Understanding alienation processes

Lems, Annika
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
The refugee crisis, the environmental crisis, the coronavirus crisis – in recent years Europe has found itself in the thrall of transformation processes that are creating enormous rifts within society. But what are the socio-cultural roots that nourish such fragmentation? Why are more and more people choosing to identify with political ideologies that threaten the very foundations of liberal value systems? The research group “Alpine Histories of Global Change” examines these questions as they investigate the origins of ideas of belonging and alienation.

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