European Voluntary Associations in the Modern and the Contemporary Period - EVA

  • Stenius, Henrik (Projektinjohtaja)
  • Alapuro, Risto (Projektinjohtaja)
  • Eriksen, Sidsel (Osallistuja)
  • Amnå, Erik (Osallistuja)
  • Rikmann, Erle (Osallistuja)
  • Saukkonen, Pasi (Osallistuja)
  • Selle, Per (Osallistuja)
  • Sivesind, Karl Henrik (Osallistuja)
  • Wijkström, Filip (Osallistuja)
  • Zimmer, Annette (Osallistuja)

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Voluntary associations are a key form of organizing joint action in society, both past and present, but their importance and impact have been very little investigated in diachronic and cross-national comparisons. The few comparative studies that exist are mainly based on contemporary quantitative data.

European Voluntary Associations in the Modern and the Contemporary Period is a scholarly network with participants from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Germany. The network is funded by NordForsk (former NorFA) and consists of distinguished scholars and young researchers who study voluntary associations in contemporary Europe both in a comparative and historical perspective. Extensive research undertaken in a range of national contexts from across Europe will be brought together to analyze nationally differentiated cultures of association-patterns, parameters and functions – and through this work to illuminate wider differences in political cultures. A historical perspective is essential, in conjunction with social science approaches, to shed light on the continuities – and discontinuities – in recent developments in associational organization and activity.

The network arranges every year an interdisciplinary seminar and two workshops for the doctoral students. The seminars will be held with invited established scholars from selected countries to compare the national cases, with the aim of producing two major edited volumes on voluntary associations in historical and comparative perspective. The workshops will be led by the members of the steering committee. The foci will be, first, on the nationally specific conceptionsand parameters of associations, and, second, on the nature of associational activity at a micro level. The first theme implies the study of voluntary associations in relation to the state and other forms of collective action and pressure group activity. The second theme will enable a close-textured examination of the character of associational activity in relation to community structures, sociability, innovation and local identity.
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