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Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). He received his master’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy at the University of Groningen. His main fields of research currently are belonging, urban sociology, 'feeling at home' and nativism. In 2013-2014, Duyvendak was Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In Spring 2016 he was Research Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies. Since July 2017 he is Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. Since January 1st 2018 he is director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).

Blaming the victim

Ja hoor, het is weer de schuld van de vrouw, de homo en de migrant. Tenminste als we Ewald Engelen moeten geloven in de Groene van afgelopen week:

“De belangrijkste teloorgang van links is volgens mij de terreur (sic) van de identiteitspolitiek waar Nederland nu al dertig jaar onder lijdt. (….) Inkomen, kapitaal en onderwijskwaliteit zijn kennelijk even belangrijk als hoofddoekjes, kinderfeestjes en seksuele gebruiken.”

Het staat er echt: dat er wordt gediscussieerd over Zwarte Piet, dat moslims hun godsdienstvrijheid verdedigen en dat homo’s hebben gestreden voor de openstelling van het huwelijk, is de hoofdoorzaak van de teloorgang van links. Homo’s, feministen en zwarte activisten zijn vervelende aandachtstrekkers die afleiden van waar het werkelijk om zou moeten gaan: klassenstrijd.

Lees de column op niemandsland.online

The Rise of Nativism in Europe

“Although published in 1955 with the United States between 1860 and 1925 as its object of analysis, Higham’s book proves to be useful for the purpose of understanding nativist politics in contemporary Europe. First, his definition is useful (“intense opposition to an internal minority on the ground of its foreign […] connections.” (2011: 4) because it is more specific than the terms “nationalism” or “xenophobia.” Second, his definition includes the possibility of framing ‘native’ elites as a national threat (they are “native” yet “foreign” –so not “truly native”- to the nation at the same time). Last, his threefold subcategorization of nativism appears to be productive for many European cases. Inspired by Higham, for the Dutch context we distinguish between three subtypes of nativism, all revolving around the perceived threat of the nation, yet with varying emphasis: 1) religious nativism, problematizing Islam and Muslims; 2) class nativism, problematizing the ‘native’ elites seen as a threat to national identity, and 3) racial nativism, problematizing Black anti-racism.”

Read the article with Josip Kesic in Europe Now