Project Name: Towards a Sociology of Loss: Disposals and dead-ends in Lineages of Social Innovation and Change
Project Acronym: LINLOSS
PI: Professor Jane Gray

LINLOSS aims to understand how losses, disposals and dead-ends shape the direction of social change at moments of rupture, and to develop a formal theory of social loss.  It will develop new explanations of how loss generates change at multiple, intersecting societal scales: in the transformation of cultural and institutional patterns across generations; within changing relationships across genealogies and social networks; and in the reconstruction of pasts and futures within biographies. 
The research will be a comparative, cross-national community study conducted in Ireland and Poland, in partnership with Dr. Witold Mandrysz of the University of Silesia in Katowice.  The main form of data collection will be mixed biographical interviews, combining unstructured and formal elements, connected within genealogical support networks.  The data analysis will take place across two iterations: a comparative analysis to trace the effects of breaks and losses at multiple societal scales; and a thematic analysis to identify how instances of loss are tied together by a common social pattern.

Funded by the European Union (ERC, LINLOSS, project number 101098100 ). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them