Reading Lunch 14 September - 'The Desire to Expel Unselfish Members from the Group'

Solidarity in the 21st century

Discussed: A chapter out of the book Parks, C.D. & Stone, A.B. 2010 ‘The Desire to Expel Unselfish Members from the Group’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 99, No. 2, pp. 303-310

Every three weeks we organise a reading lunch where we will discuss literature that covers our research. We would like to invite everybody who’s interested to participate. Please send an email to Merle Zwiers if you want to participate.

Day: Tuesday 14 September
Time: 13.00 – 14.30 hrs
Location: AIAS building, room M0.01, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email before Monday 13 September, 12.00hrs to
A sandwich and a copy of the article.will then be provided.

Solidarity in the 21st century: aging, immigration and solidarity

On January 1, 2010, AIAS has started a new four year research programme on solidarity in the 21st century. This programme, which is supported by a grant of one million Euros by Stichting Instiuut Gak, will study the impact of the changing composition of the population by age and ethnicity on the solidarity between and within different groups.

A research team, led by AIAS researcher Paul de Beer, will try to answer the question which motives and which conditions and circumstances foster solidarity between people that do or do not belong to the same social category. It focuses primarily on (the lack of) solidarity between natives and migrants (or ethnic minorities) and between the young and the old casu quo between generations. Solidarity will include both informal solidarity, such as voluntary work and care, and formal solidarity, as embodied by the welfare state. The study is unique in investigating the solidarity between these different groups simultaneously and in applying various methods at the same time.

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