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

The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World

9781137534095Jan Willem Duyvendak, Peter Geschiere, Evelien Tonkens (Eds.)

New edited book at Palgrave Macmillan

Presentation on October 18th, SPUI25: Gender, sexuality and belonging in a globalizing world

The notion of citizenship has gradually evolved from being simply a legal status or practice to a deep sentiment. Belonging, or feeling at home, has become a requirement. This groundbreaking book analyzes how ‘feeling rules’ are developed and applied to migrants, who are increasingly expected to express feelings of attachment, belonging, connectedness and loyalty to their new country. More than this, however, it demonstrates how this culturalization of citizenship is a global trend with local variations, which develop in relation to each other. The authors pay particular attention to the intersection between sexuality, race and ethnicity, spurred on by their awareness of the dialectical construction of homosexuality, held up as representative of liberal Western values by both those in the West and by African leaders, who use such claims as proof that homosexuality is un-African.

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