- How do people create meaning, knowledge, order and cohesion in a society where large groups are unemployed and can not live up to societys expectations of short-term productivity?
- When economic, social, and political resources are distributed differently - how are the conflicts that arise managed?
- How does everyday life change when traditional standards, ways of learning and institutions are dissolved and replaced?
Researchers at the Department of Sociology in Lund try to answer questions like these daily. Here sociologists, social anthropologists and researchers of education sit under the same roof trying to understand and explain how people organize themselves in a social, cultural and historical context.
These three classical social science disciplines are included in one department, which encourages a creative and interesting research environment that promotes interdisciplinary projects and collaborations.
The department's collective expertise includes environmental and developmental issues, learning processes, school and educational institutions, governance and control, criminology, social policy and the study of knowledge.
Power relations and social cleavages, especially those based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class are the focus of much of the department's research.
Funding occurs partly through external research grants, but researchers are also often engaged by private and public clients to illustrate a problem or evaluate various initiatives.