Blog: Steps and plans following the end of the NGOST project

September 20, 2021

Research done. What’s next?

Formally, the NGOST team has finished online fieldwork, in the city we chose in Catalonia, Spain. Altogether, we conducted 51 interviews, 31 with Roma young people, and further 20 with different public servants and private experts from a wide range of services: education, training, employment promotion, social services, youth and leisure among others.

Blog: Lights and shadows of community engagement in the Spanish fieldwork

September 6, 2021

Due to COVID pandemic, engagement with local communities has not turned out as planned. Although in all three sites I have managed to contribute in one way or another with respect to the Roma communities, I could not conduct a systematic set of feedback and engagement activities.

Blog: Preliminary review of the fieldwork data from Slovakia

NGOST is a 24-month comparative research project conducted in three EU countries: Hungary, Slovakia and Spain. It aims at critically examining policies and programmes that support school-to-work transition (STWT) reaching out to Roma youth. It focuses particularly on the ‘NGOization’ of STWT programmes, that is the delegation of state functions to private entities, as a technique of neoliberal governance of minorities. 

Blog: Intercultural Mediation for the School-to-Work Transition among the Roma youth in Spain

This blog post will highlight the relevance of intercultural mediation in some Roma young people’s school-to-work transition, in Spain. Such relevance, however in our view, does not justify the ethnocultural framing of the intervention. It is mediator’s mentoring role, her culturally responsive guidance and caring relationship that impact young people. While her mediating role – conflict prevention/resolution, communication facilitation – appears to benefit mostly local public administration.

Blog: Between choices and going with the flow. The role of career guidance in young Roma people’s life course

November 10, 2020

By Abel Beremenyi

This post is a brief version of the paper presented at the online conference entitled: “Sociology at the Dawn of a Successful Century?”, that took place the 8th – 9th of October, 2020.

Blog: Setting up the NGOST project team. Considering collaborative research

October 30, 2020

By Abel Beremenyi

Today, NGOST team has been reinforced by two research assistants on the Spanish fieldwork.

Blog: NGOST project case-study site in Spain

October 27, 2020

By Abel Beremenyi

The search for the second case-study site for my comparative research project has been driven by fundamentally different rationalities than the first, in Hungary. Surely, many ethnographic research projects have suffered changes in their design, approach or even feasibility.

Blog: Collaboration, the way to coordinate unaffiliated volunteers

October 4, 2020

By Andras Molnar
This article was originally published on the TROPICO project website here on August 7, 2020.

Blog: How to laugh away the far-right: lessons from Germany

By Michael Zeller
This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on July 30, 2020.

In the many instances where far-right activity attempts to exhibit solemnity, gravity, or strength, a well-aimed joke is a powerful act of resistance.

Blog: Gender Identity in Higher Education and Research Institutions

By Ana Belen Amil

This article was originally published on the GE Academy website here on July 7, 2020.