Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Publications

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Agricultural Policies in the Caribbean: A Regional Analysis

October 2018

This publication summarizes the agricultural policy analyses conducted in nine Caribbean countries (Suriname, Guyana, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, The Bahamas, and Trinidad...

The Intertemporal Keynesian Cross

September 2018

We demonstrate the importance of intertemporal marginal propensities to consume (iMPCs) in disciplining general equilibrium models with heterogeneous agents and nominal rigidities.

The long-term impact of employment bans on the economic integration of refugees

September 2018

Many European countries impose employment bans that prevent asylum seekers from entering the local labor market for a certain waiting period upon arrival.

Making gender diversity work for scientific discovery and innovation

September 2018

Gender diversity has the potential to drive scientific discovery and innovation.

Determinants of refugee naturalization in the United States

September 2018

The United States operates the world’s largest refugee resettlement program.

Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality

August 2018

According to most scholars, the Enlightenment was a rational awakening, a radical break from a past dominated by religion and superstition. But in Let There Be Enlightenment, Anton M.

Mirrors for Princes and Sultans: Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds

August 2018

When did European modes of political thought diverge from those that existed in other world regions?

Projecting Nature: Agostino Scilla’s Seventeenth-Century Fossil Drawings

August 2018

In 1670 the Sicilian painter Agostino Scilla (1629–1700) devised an entirely new way of depicting fossils when he wrote and illustrated his Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense (1670–1671), which...

Authenticity, Complaint, and the Russianness of American Jewish Literature

July 2018

Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and their critics embraced the notion that their work displayed an affinity to Russian and Yiddish literature, especially to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky...

Making Godly Nations: Church-State Pathways in Poland and the Philippines

July 2018

How does religious nationalism arise? Poland and the Philippines represent two striking examples of religious and national identities becoming practically coterminous.

Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean World (Indian Ocean Studies Series) ed. Krish Seetah

June 2018

In recent decades, the vast and culturally diverse Indian Ocean region has increasingly attracted the attention of anthropologists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other...

Migrants, Minorities, and Populists in Asia

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Closed Borders, Open Coffers: The Nativist Nanny State and the Rebranding of the European Far Right

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Becoming Black: Understanding immigrant resistance to assimilation in the U.S.

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Disaggregating Opposition to Immigration

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Disaggregating Opposition to Immigration

June 2018

From a 2018 workshop on "Populism and Immigration" at Stanford University. Memo by Francis Fukuyama. 

Out of Line: Populist Rhetoric, Immigration, and the Line-Standing Frame

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Don't Fear Muslim Immigrants

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Immigration and the Defense of White Identity

June 2018

From a 2018 workshop on "Populism and Immigration" at Stanford University

Institutions of Identity and the Liberal Democratic Dilemma

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Of Regimes and Rhinoceroses: Immigration, Outgroup Prejudice, and the Micro-foundations of Democratic Decline

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Backlash in Broader Perspective

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

May 2018

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s...

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