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The objectives of this project are situated at different levels. On a general level, we wish to deepen the understanding of identity-forming processes and their respective functioning and effects. In doing so, the different dimensions of identity (social, cultural, spatial, gender …) will, analytically speaking, not only be taken into account in an interdisciplinary approach. They are also understood as constitutive elements of individual and collective identity patterns. Such an approach enables us to chart the day-to-day variety of identity patterns and discourses in the Luxembourgish society in a multifaceted way.

On a more concrete level, we hope to reveal the interdependencies and inconsistencies between collective and individual identities that are actually ‘lived’ by the Luxembourgish population (appropriated identities) and those that are politically desired and communicated by the media (attributed identities). These objectives are heuristically itemized into three empirical research areas, each of which is characterized by one core research question.

  • Attributed identities: This research area focuses on the analysis of the ‘desired’ identities of the Luxembourg population as they can be identified in the political and media discourses. The emphasis will be placed on the analysis of representative text corpora and societal practices of the normalizing institutions that shape or participate in identity-relevant attribution processes.
  • Appropriated identities: from this perspective, the appropriated identities as they are prevalent in distinct socio-cultural milieus of the Luxembourgish society are explored. For this purpose, we demarcate and characterize, in a first step, the different milieus by means of a representative survey. At the same time, qualitative research is being conducted in order to analyze the predominant identity patterns in the selected socio-cultural milieus.
  • Interdependencies between attributed and appropriated identities: The parallel consideration of the attributed and appropriated identities shows how their reciprocal and dynamic conditionality is set up. In addition, more fundamental discrepancies between the plurality of identities in a culturally and linguistically complex society, on the one hand, and the identity politics tools at work, on the other hand, can be unveiled.