New Societies, Old Minorities / New Minorities, Old Societies?


4th International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society (RSS) hosted by the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS).
New Societies, Old Minorities / New Minorities, Old Societies?

Societies and social actors constantly face challenges under the impact of many countervailing forces that act within the economic, demographic, political, educational and social realms. In their search for improving their living, people may adopt alternative life strategies and more flexible arrangements that profoundly affect the architecture and fabric of communities. Some changes are easily discernible or self-evident: international migration permanently increased the stock of migrants, transforming, in various contexts, both immigrants and residents, into visible minorities. New waves of migrants and specific events where migrants are involved raise major questions about the nature and capacity of the security systems across European societies and their axiological foundations. An increase in number of elderly members of the population creates, in turn, the perspective of new majorities and minorities forming. This raises important challenges to public social security systems and calls into question their sustainability.

Keynote Speakers

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Christian Welzel

Professor for Political Culture Research, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Professor of Political Culture Research, Institute of Political Science and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany
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Eric M. Uslaner

Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Eric M. Uslaner is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland–College Park, where he has taught since 1975. In 1997-1998 he was Distinguished University Research Fellow at the University of Maryland.
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Merlin Schaeffer

Professor of Demography and Social Inequality, Universität zu Köln
Professor of Demography and Social Inequality, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences, University of Cologne.
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Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi

Associate professor of Sociology, Università degli Studi di Milano
Associate professor of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan. Specialization area: methodology and techniques of social research; programs evaluation (social policy, education and research); poverty and income support policies; religious change and cultural consumption.

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