Axis 2. Programme 3. Discourse, staging and conflicts involving otherness

The research conducted in the framework of this programme focuses on the public confrontation- in the daily life of individuals, in political discourse or movements, in social science research- of representations, discourse and practices which contribute to the decrease or reinforcement of boundaries between groups that see themselves or are designated as different. Beyond the diversity of its authors, rationales and procedures, the research in this programme attests to the common resolve to develop a complete and dynamic approach toward discourse, identity staging and social and political movements, and to resituate them in the relational systems in which they are renewed, whether in the context of competition between groups in an urban setting, inter-institutional efforts to define a particular social role, or the junction between social science and politics.