Super-Diversity in Everyday Life

Special Issue Ethnic and Racial Studies coming soon

In the introduction to this special issue, we consider a number of questions central to the study of super-diversity in urban contexts in Western Europe and the United States. We begin with a discussion of why the super-diversity concept has had more impact on scholarship in Western Europe than the United States, where it has had much less resonance. We explore the nature and effects of super-diversity for ongoing social relations in everyday life, considering both the positive and negative consequences. And we conclude with a consideration of some unfulfilled promises of super-diversity, including integrating the dimension of power into the analyses as well as finding ways to examine the many bases and intersections of different forms of diversity, while at the same time not downplaying the role of continued and long-term inequalities, such as race and class, that typically remain of primary importance in super-diverse settings.

Read the full introduction from Guest Editors; Nancy Foner, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Philip Kasinitz

Thuis. Het drama van een sentimentele samenleving

Nieuw boek verschenen bij Amsterdam University Press.

‘In Thuis. Het drama van een sentimentele samenleving gaat Jan Willem Duyvendak in op verschillende aspecten van ons thuisgevoel. Hij betoogt dat veel van onze conflicten, frustraties én het populistische ressentiment voortkomen uit de gedachte dat we een recht hebben op thuisgevoel. Door de politisering en de grenzeloze populariteit van thuis’ raken we echter alleen maar verder van huis.

Thuis is in de mode. We zien het in de media, waar Ikea-reclames en romantische speelfilms ons eraan herinneren dat er geen plek is zoals thuis, we lezen het in de pamfletten van politieke partijen, die stellen dat ‘iedereen zich thuis moet voelen in Nederland’, en we zien het om ons heen: iedereen probeert zich een thuis te maken, in huis, in de wijk, in de stad en in de natie. En de politiek steunt burgers daar nadrukkelijk bij. Burgers moeten integreren, elkaar ontmoeten en zich verbonden voelen en identificeren met buurt, stad en land. Thuisvoelen is niet vrijblijvend, thuisvoelen is noodzakelijk en moet.’  Lees meer

New NIAS Director

Jan Willem Duyvendak will become the new director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) on 1 January 2018. Duyvendak will combine his work as Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam with his new position. He succeeds Theo Mulder, who has served as the interim director of NIAS since 1 January 2017.

Read more on the website of NIAS-KNAW,

NIAS-KNAW is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and offers residential fellowships of three, five or ten months to individuals and groups of researchers. It provides a place to think, study and write, and the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world.


Member International Editorial Board Journal of Sociology

Jan Willem Duyvendak is now a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Sociology.

Journal of Sociology is the official journal of The Australian Sociological Association. It carries peer refereed articles of sociological research and theory on issues of interest to Australian sociology and aims to promote dialogue and exchange between Australian sociologists and the international community of sociology.

Roep om respect. Ervaringen van werklozen in een meritocratiserende samenleving

Versie 2‘Succes heb je zelf in de hand; falen is je eigen schuld.’ Dat is het ideaalbeeld van de prestatiesamenleving, waar alleen talent en inzet tellen. Winnaars in de competitie om maatschappelijk succes hebben een goedbetaalde baan die hun status en waardering verschaft. Maar waaraan ontlenen werklozen in activeringsprogramma’s waardering als ze er ondanks al hun pogingen niet in slagen een betaalde baan te vinden? Hoe schermen ze zich af tegen het negatieve stereotype beeld van de ‘luie profiteur’, en hoe bestendigen zij hun zelfrespect? Judith Elshout laat in een rijke empirische studie zien dat dat voor hen een hele worsteling is. Ze onderschrijven de meritocratische waarden als ze hun falen wijten aan gebrek aan inzet in het verleden of als ze een scherpe scheidslijn trekken tussen actieve en inactieve werklozen. Maar ze verwerpen die waarden ook door aan onbetaald (vrijwilligers)werk een hogere morele waarde toe te kennen. Toch is ook voor hen een ‘echte’ baan een betaalde baan. Niet alleen vanwege de geldelijke beloning, maar vooral ook door de symbolische betekenissen die aan ‘loon’ verbonden zijn. Kennis van die betekenissen helpt om de gevoelshuishouding van werklozen beter te begrijpen.

Lees de online versie of bestel het boek.

The Pitfalls of Normalization: The Dutch Case and the Future of Equality

9781479883080_FullChapter in After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights (New York University Press, 2016)

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Reviews about the book:

“Important and timely. . . . It asks precisely the right question at precisely the right time. And, thanks to Carlos A. Ball’s careful work and exceptional reputation, it solicits the views of some of the most important scholars working on these questions across a range of disciplines.”

—Douglas NeJaime, University of California, Los Angeles


“What a timely and impressive collection this is! . . . Asks  important and timely questions about the future of the LGBT movement and addresses them with analytical rigor and insight. Assuming that same-sex marriage is legalized in the United States, just what would this development mean for the future of the LGBT movement in the United States and globally? And what important organizing and policy work will still need to be accomplished? What challenges should be prioritized and why? This book interrogates these questions and more from an array of diverse perspectives and it should be of interest to teachers, scholars, activists, and citizens. It is an invaluable contribution to the literature.”

—Craig Rimmerman, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


“Terrific!  Ball’s book is a gift to readers interested in LGBT rights and many critical social and civil rights questions of our time.  Its outstanding collection of expert authors advances a well-rounded and well-grounded interdisciplinary framework for thinking about the future.”

—Suzanne B. Goldberg, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia University


“Written for students, activists, and academics alike, this highly readable and engaging collection takes on the most important question now facing the LGBT movement—now that we have marriage equality, where should we go from here? All the contributors are long-time analysts of the LGBT movement and provide a unique vantage point from which to assess the future directions of the LGBT movement. They provide not only their analysis, but their advice for the future, which should make this mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the future of LGBT politics.”

—Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut

Research Fellow at Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA Paris)

iea-paris-logoFrom February 1st till July 1st, I’ll be working as Research Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies / L’Institut d’études avancées de Paris (IEA Paris). The research project is titled ‘The Rise of Nativism: New Axes of Social Exclusion in Western Europe?’

My claim is that something fundamental is changing in the positioning of various groups in Western European societies. If we want to understand these shifts, framing them as we did previously – e.g. “racism” – may inadvertently obscure much of what is going on today. The terms in which exclusion is legitimized today seem to be less related to phenotype and more to (assumed) cultural differences, often mapped onto territorial divides. In my research project, I want to better understand how across Western Europe, particularly in France and the Netherlands, “nativist” discourses exist. Whereas in the Netherlands we have empirical evidence that “nativism” is partly replacing “racism” (in political discourse as well as in the experiences of various minority groups themselves), the picture is less clear in France. It is my main objective to describe and analyze this anti-Muslim, nativist discourse and its precise impact on “traditional”, skin-color coded racism in France and the Netherlands.

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