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.

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The Myth of America's Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies

May 2014

A special event with Josef Joffe who will talk about his latest book, The Myth of America's Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies (Liveright, November 4, 2013)

Why Sweden Did Not Build the Bomb: Testing the Swedish Case Against International Relations Theories

July 2011

Why did Sweden choose, in the late 1960s, to abandon its long-standing nuclear weapons plans?

Gender Relations in Transition: Austria and Europe in Comparative Perspective

May 2011

This seminar will sketch the transition of Austria's gender relations between the 1960s and the firts decade of the 20th century.