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ENRI-East Project: Interplay of European, National and Regional Identities: Nations between States along the Eastern Borders of the European Union. A cross-national study of trans-boundary social and ethnic groups in Europe.

Researcher: Barbara Dietz
Project coordination: Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna
Funding: European Commission through the FP7-SSH programme
Project duration: 2008-2011.
Keywords: Identity, state restructuring

The project aimed to galvanise three perspectives on the dynamic relationships between identities and state restructuring. Those three perspectives are the restructuring of the nation-state, the increasing self legitimisation of states (rearrangement of the relationship between state and society) and observation of emerging identities at different levels (supra-national, national and regional), and their complex relationships on the level of individual and group experiences and practices. The main goal of the ENRI-East project was to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which the modern European identities and regional cultures are formed and how these are inter-communicated in the Eastern part of the European continent.
The main objects of the study were ten ethnic groups representing "split nations" along the new Eastern borders of the enlarged European Union. The project included a case study of Germany, where target groups were ethnic Germans returning to their historical homeland after the centuries of living in Eastern Europe as well as Jewish immigrants from CIS countries who had moved to Germany after 1989.

The main method of the study was the triangulation of theories of identities and empirical "facts of life" through the analytical efforts of ENRI-East experts. The task was the verification and adjustment of existing theories of identity formation based on the outcomes of a series of specially designed quantitative and qualitative sociological surveys and systematic observations. The project was an inter-disciplinary effort (sociology, political science, history, economics) and its methodological thrust comprised theoretical, empirical and comparative aspects.


Selected project publications:

Dietz, B. (2009), Contemporary Migration Patterns of Russian Jews to Germany, in: M. Avrum Ehrlich (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora. Origins, Experience and Culture, ABC Clio: Santa Barbara California: 386-392.

Dietz, B. (2011), Immigrants from East Central Europe and post-Soviet countries in Germany. Series of project research reports. Contextual and empirical reports on ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, Research Report No. 16.

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