NECORE Project Summary

By analyzing communicative processes, NECORE studies the core societal values that were drawn upon in the wake of the attacks, and how tensions and contradictions between them are negotiated in post-22 July Norway. This renegotiation of values has particular implications for the development processes of collective identities (such as the Norwegian “we”) and of resilience (understood as a process of dealing with change and disruption). NECORE takes as its point of departure the core values identifiable over time in discourses within Norwegian society, particularly evident in the days, weeks, and months following the terrorist attacks.

Using a triad of values, identities, and resilience in the post-22 July context, NECORE investigates the following research questions:

  1. How are key societal values formulated and discussed in public discourses?
  2. How do key societal values feed into perceptions of collective identities?
  3. How do values and emotions in public discourses reflect a process of societal resilience?
  4. How does the interplay between values, collective identities, and resilience affect societal development?

NECORE addresses these research questions from bottom-up and top-down, national and international perspectives, using multiple data sources: traditional media (print, TV, and internet), social media (Twitter and Facebook), interviews, and focus groups. Project collaboration is interdisciplinary, crossing different fields in the humanities and social sciences. Continuous dialogue with multiple user groups is integrated into the project plan, including an advisory board, a newsletter, and this project website.

The following illustrates the overall organization of the NECORE project, along thematically organized Work Packages (WPs) involving the Research Questions (RQs) listed above:

NECORE WP diagram



WP1: Led by Henrik Syse
WP2: Led by Tine Figenshchou
WP3: Led by Odin Lysaker
WP4: Led by Marta Bivand Erdal
WP5: Led by Mareile Kaufmann
WP6: Led by Henrik Syse

The NECORE project is coordinated by Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in association with researchers at the University of Oslo, the University of Agder, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Negotiating Values: Collective Identities and Resilience after 22/7 (NECORE)