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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Culture and Pain. Toward Pain Care for a Global Community: From Philosophy to Economic Considerations

December 2009

This book, edited and written by leading scholars in the field(s) of neuroscience, ethics, law and healthcare policy, provides a unifying perspective of how a philosophical understanding of pain...

A Question of Genocide

December 2011

One hundred years after the deportations and mass murder of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other peoples in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the history of the Armenian genocide is a...

European Answers to the Financial Crisis: Social Banking and Social Finance

December 2011

From 2007 to 2010, a financial and economic crisis gripped the United States, Europe and the world.

The Future of the (Self-)Image of the Human Being in the Age of Transhumanism, Neurotechnology and Global Transition

December 2010

In the present moment of cultural and political transition, one question seems to become the center of most other societal and civilizational questions: will the basic self-perception of the human...

First Steps of the USA Under Barack Obama: An Interim Resumé

June 2009

15 Years of Privatization of Italian Cultural Heritage

December 2011

This two-fold paper discusses 15 years of privatization of Italian cultural and architectural heritage between 1996 and 2010.

The Trilateral Process: The United States, Ukraine, Russia and Nuclear Weapons

May 2011

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal on its territory.

While world seeks to defeat terror, Stockholm welcomes notorious terrorist into country

June 2011

The number one topic around the globe has been the world after Bin Laden and the appropriate ways for democracies to dispose of terrorists.

Wer hilft den Opfern?

August 2011

Der diesjährige "Freedom in the World"-Bericht des Forschungsinstituts "Freedom House" weist bereits zum fünften Jahr in Folge auf einen alarmierenden Rückgang von Freiheit, Demokratie und Achtung...

The Outer and the Inner Transformation of the Global Social Sphere through Technology: The State of Two Fields in Transition

December 2011

Transitions in technology are shaping, defining and establishing the future of the globalized social sphere with increasing pace and impact.

Unterwegs zu einem zeitgemäßen Verständnis des globalen sozialen Wandels

December 2011

This article sketches the outlines of a contemporary inter- and transdisciplinary methodology to understand the current global change.

The Enlightenment

December 2011

The four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Studies covers the field of global studies and subjects related to it, such as globalization, transnational activity and themes of global society.

Third Way Movements

December 2011

The four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Studies covers the field of global studies and subjects related to it, such as globalization, transnational activity and themes of global society.

Lifestyles

December 2011

The four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Studies covers the field of global studies and subjects related to it, such as globalization, transnational activity and themes of global society.

Privatization

December 2011

The four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Studies covers the field of global studies and subjects related to it, such as globalization, transnational activity and themes of global society.

Employment and Growth in an Aging Society: A Simulation Study for Austria

December 2006

The Rise of Neo-Integral Worldviews

December 2011

External Influences on CAP Reform: An Historical Perspective

December 2009

The USA in the Presidential Election year 2012: A Divided Society?

February 2012

To read this article (in German), please visit the Berliner Debatte Initial website.  

Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past

May 2012

Bringing together postwar German, Israeli, and Anglo-American literature, Eshel traces a shared trajectory of futurity in world literature.