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1/2017In the Streets of Mumbai
A modern metropolis in India: many different ethnic groups come together every day. A wide variety of languages can be heard, and very often, people who have no common language have to communicate with each other. People involuntarily resort to gesticulation, and their counterparts usually have no trouble understanding what is meant. But gestures can also be defined terms in a language of their own – the sign language of the deaf.
Mediator between Worlds
Ayelet Shachar wanted to be an architect. She wanted to create spaces and provide homes for people. As a lawyer and political scientist, however, she discovered the spaces of the law – and the possibilities they provide for enabling migrants and locals to find ways of living together. Every community, says the Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, needs the discourse about aims and identity. And every individual has the right to participation and a home.
2/2015A Crucial Question for the Nation State
While Islam is still perceived by many as the greatest impediment to integration in European immigration societies, a team of scientists headed by Matthias Koenig has come up with a more differentiated approach. As a sociologist and Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, he has led the “Governance of Cultural Diversity – Socio-Legal Dynamics” Research Group since December 2011.
MPR 1/2013Spirituality 2.0
Yoga, tai chi and qi gong aren’t what they once were – that much is clear to anthropologist Peter van der Veer. At the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, he has been studying the meaning of the spiritual and how it has changed in modern societies.
MPR 4 /2011Diversity in the City Council
Residents with an immigrant background make up around a quarter of the population in Germany’s major cities. A team of scientists headed by Karen Schönwälder at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen has been investigating whether these inhabitants are adequately represented at City Hall. They have also been looking at the motives and conditions under which councilors with foreign roots involve themselves in politics, and the resentments they encounter.
MPR 1 /2011Healing with Amulets and Antibiotics
Although Gabriele Alex and Vibha Joshi belong to different departments at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, both scientists are studying the wide range of healing methods used and traditions followed in Indian society. Here they show from different perspectives how the supposed contradictions aren’t really all that incompatible in practice.
MPR 3 /2010Networking Diversity
Frankfurt ranks among the global cities. Sociologists are studying the sheer variety of the city’s social mix and contributing to a new draft integration and diversity plan.