Solidarity in times of crisis
Socio-economic change and political orientations in Austria and Hungary


is a joint research project of 

Project description

The recent economic crisis has severely affected the living and working conditions of citizens all over Europe, leading to high levels of insecurity and declining trust in public institutions. The project aims at investigating the impact of the intensified socio-economic change following the recent economic crisis on political orientations. How did working and living conditions changed after the crisis? How do individuals perceive changes in society in recent years? How do those changes affect individual perceptions, social cohesion and political orientations?


The project focuses on the symbolic struggles between different formations of solidarity. It is assumed that solidarity, social cohesion and the question who should be supported are dynamic configurations with a continuous struggle over the boundaries of the solidarity community.

The project focuses on Austria and Hungary, which provide the unique opportunity to investigate two countries with similar political developments, yet affected by the crisis very differently. Using methodological triangulation of quantitative and qualitative data, SOCRIS will provide a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between societal change and political subjectivity.


Duration: October 2016 and September 2019


Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, I 2698-G27), and

National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIA, ANN_2016/1, 120360)

24 March 2020, 18:00,

Book launch and discussion:

Umkämpfte Solidaritäten. Spaltungslinien in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft
within the context of the series of events "Erlesenes Erforschen" by the university library of the University of Vienna
Campus of the University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 4, 1090 Vienna

New publication

Altreiter, Carina – Flecker, Jörg – Papouschek, Ulrike – Schindler, Saskja – Schönauer, Annika (2019): Umkämpfte Solidaritäten. Spaltungslinien in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft. Wien, Promedia Verlag