This author's articles
11 June 2007
Keynote lectures were given by Robert Castel, Jock Young and Jacques Donzelot. The interdisciplinary approach of the conference and the diversity of a dense programme covered a very wide spectrum on the critique of the hegemony of the link that is being made between insecurity and otherness. Critiques of sociotechnological dispositifs, international institutional cooperation, public opinion, media representations, models of governance were combined with socioeconomic critiques of late modernity as an inherently insecure condition.
9 May 2007
This is an international conference that will focus on the hegemony of insecurity in the multicultural society. Although most official institutional discourses will strongly reject any allegation linking insecurity to otherness, contemporary dangerisation culture persistently refers to the negative influence and potential of several religious and cultural minorities. Fear of crime and fear of unemployment lead a set of less conspicuous but often stronger concerns, such as the fear of specific minorities «swamping» schools and neighbourhoods or the dystopia of outright demographic, religious and cultural ascendancy over national societies.
6 September 2005
Michalis Lianos’ intervention started highlighting the fact that fear plays a noticeable role in generating belonging feelings and that collective insecurity can be understood as the purest form of community belonging.
17 March 2005
This is a modest work on the transformation of social control in capitalist democracies. The argument describes three dimensions of change: privatisation, dangerisation and periopticity.
12 March 2005
Michalis Lianos is Professor at the University of Rouen-Haute Normandie. He was previously Lecturer at the University of London (Goldsmiths College) and Director of the «Centre For Empirically Informed Social Theory» (CEIST) at the University of Portsmouth.
9 March 2005
This is the 11th Work Package of the «Challenge» Integrated Project and has two major specificities. Firstly, it is exclusively directed towards social theory and, in particular, towards building a conceptual framework that converses with the sociotheoretical enquiries that underlie the project. Secondly, it has a ‘phase difference’ with project work as it seeks to take into consideration the findings of other Work Packages (WPs). The main ambition of the work to be carried out is to explore the combined effect of uncertainties and insecurities in different European societies and in different spheres of activity and perception (ranging from employment to crime and from migration to war). This is largely uncharted territory for the social sciences in general and sociology in particular and involves drawing the link between the broader socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural context, in which research that is conducted in all other workpackages takes its full meaning.
30 November 2004
The main role of this WP is that of a two-way interface between work in the IP and the more general problématiques of socio-economic change and wide-spread social insecurity. The WP will use analysis of empirical data and literature, produced both within and outside the IP, in order to draw the link between the broader socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural context, in which research that is conducted in all other workpackages takes its full meaning. The overarching question for this phase will be to bring to light the link that governs the awareness of the following two seemingly unrelated dangers