The interdisciplinary research group investigates conceptions of solidarity of political decision-makers and social actors in migration contexts. As migration has increasingly been represented in the public and political debate as a moment of crisis, it lends itself well to an analysis of potential shifts in the discourse on solidarity. Is it possible to identify patterns in communication at the political, social and individual level that point to either increased or decreased solidarisation or to the pluralisation of solidarity discourses? How resilient is a society’s understanding of solidarity and what could be a potential communication strategy to counter the erosion of solidarity?

The project adopts a multi-level approach, covering the micro level (online and offline communication of residents), the meso level (communication of societal actors) and the macro level (communication of political decision makers). Instruments from the field of computational linguistics will help to realise and supplement the discourse analysis conducted on the three levels. Hence the project comprises four parts and brings together researchers in the fields of political science, sociology and computational linguistics:

–          Micro level (political science), headed by Marianne Kneuer

–          Meso level (sociology), headed by Michael Corsten

–          Macro level (political science), headed by Hannes Schammann

–          Computational linguistics, headed by Ulrich Heid

The multi-level approach promises to generate findings that go beyond the selective insights on individual actors that research has predominantly yielded to date. It furthermore allows for an analysis of how potential shifts of existing conceptions of solidarity at different levels interact and influence each other.