From 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.
Edited by James Jasper and Jan Willem Duyvendak
In this important book, Jan Willem Duyvendak and James M. Jasper bring together an internationally acclaimed group of contributors to demonstrate the complexities of the social and political spheres in various areas of public policy. By breaking down the state into the players who really make decisions and pursue coherent strategies, these essays provide new perspectives on the interactions between political protestors and the many parts of the state“from courts, political parties, and legislators to police, armies, and intelligence services. By analyzing politics as the interplay of various players within structured arenas, Breaking Down the State provides an innovative look at law and order versus opposition movements in countries across the globe.