Main Research Focus

Institutional Action – Spatial and Identity Constructions via Politics and Norms

Through their institutional actions, collective social institutions create spaces and identities, which are considered “desirable”. Such normative processes will be exposed by examining the politics that are practised. The aim of this systematic analysis is to reveal the social and space-related categorisations or semantisations that are practiced in institutional settings. Key methods used in this focal area are expert interviews and discourse analysis.

Media – Representations of Spatial and Identity Constructions

Construction processes are inconceivable without media, as these project and mirror spatial perceptions and identities as meanings, which are offered and appropriated in equal measure. In this way they adopt a mediating role between strategic institutional action and the action of subjects in everyday situations. Accordingly, the spatial and identity-related representations examined in the media of both popular and high culture are to be interlinked with the two other focal areas. This connection is given by the social and spatial categorisations or semantisations that also provide the focus for an analysis of texts, films and images respectively.

Activity by Subjects – Spatial and Identity Constructions through Everyday Practice

Spaces and identities are appropriated and articulated through everyday social practices, and the examination of the logic underlying these practices should provide useful information on spatial and identity construction in both unquestioning and self-reflective everyday action. To this end, spatial and social categorisations and attributions of meaning will be identified using non-standardised interviews and a standardised questionnaire. The focus will be on the resident population of Luxembourg and the inhabitants of the immediate border areas.