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Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 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. From July 2017 - July 2019 he was Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. Since 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). In 2021 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2022 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest books are Thuis. Het drama van de sentimentele samenleving (2017), Macht der gewoonten. Populisme in de polder (2022) and The Return of the Native. Can Liberalism Safeguard Us Against Nativism? (Oxford University Press (2022).

De kloof tussen Amsterdam en het platteland is kleiner dan ooit, zeggen deze sociologen

‘De gewone man’ wordt volop gebruikt in het publieke en het politieke debat, zonder dat we precies weten wie daarmee wordt bedoeld. Sociologen Jan-Willem Duyvendak en Menno Hurenkamp schreven een boek over ‘het gewone’ en ander ‘populisme in de polder’. ‘Echt, de verschillen nemen alleen maar af. Nederlanders zijn steeds meer op elkaar gaan lijken.’

In Het Parool