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Thuis. Het drama van een sentimentele samenleving


Jan Willem Duyvendak

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.


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

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


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.



Breaking Down the State. Protestors Engaged


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.

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Players and Arenas. The Interactive Dynamics of Protest

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Edited by James Jasper and Jan Willem Duyvendak

This book brings together a diverse group of experts to examine the interactions between political protestors and the many strategic players they encounter, such as cultural institutions, religious organizations, and the mass media as well as potential allies, competitors, recruits, and funders. Discussing protestors and players as they interact within the ‘arenas’ of specific social contexts, the essays show that the main constraints on what protestors can accomplish come not from social and political structures, but from other players with different goals and interests. Through a careful treatment of these situations, this volume offers a new way to approach the role of social protest in national and international politics.



New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape

“The book instructively delves into differing definitions of race, religion and ethnic politics, of integration versus assimilation. In New York, immigrants and their children are approaching a majority of voting-age citizens. In Amsterdam, noncitizens are allowed to vote in local elections after five years of legal residence in the Netherlands.”

New York Times


Immigration is dramatically changing major cities throughout the world. Nowhere is this more so than in New York City and Amsterdam, which, after decades of large-scale immigration, now have populations that are more than a third foreign-born. These cities have had to deal with the challenge of incorporating hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose cultures, languages, religions, and racial backgrounds differ dramatically from those of many long-established residents. New York and Amsterdam brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary group of American and Dutch scholars to examine and compare the impact of immigration on two of the world’s largest urban centers.

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European States and Their Muslim Citizens

This strikingly original volume takes debates about Muslims in Europe into new and exciting territory. It replaces simplistic models of national integration with a more subtle analysis of the intersection between national ideologies and the practical schemas for dealing with Muslims in many different institutions. Each chapter is a model of ethnographic rigour, insight and irony. The result is an ambitious, sophisticated and exceptionally well-crafted volume that deserves to be taken seriously by all researchers and policy makers concerned with Europe’s Muslims.’

James A. Beckford, University of Warwick


This book responds to the often loud debates about the place of Muslims in Western Europe by proposing an analysis based in institutions, including schools, courts, hospitals, the military, electoral politics, the labor market, and civic education courses. The contributors consider the way people draw on practical schemas regarding others in their midst who are often categorized as Muslims. Chapters based on fieldwork and policy analysis across several countries examine how people interact in their everyday work lives, where they construct moral boundaries, and how they formulate policies concerning tolerable diversity, immigration, discrimination, and political representation. Rather than assuming that each country has its own national ideology that explains such interactions, contributors trace diverse pathways along which institutions complicate or disrupt allegedly consistent national ideologies. These studies shed light on how Muslims encounter particular faces and facets of the state as they go about their lives, seeking help and legitimacy as new citizens of a fast-changing Europe.

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The Politics of Home

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This book addresses prominent debates in Western Europe and the United States on themes as seemingly diverse as national identity and nostalgia, migration and integration, gender relations and ‘caring communities’. At the most fundamental level, all of these debates deal with the right to belong and the ability to ‘feel at home’. The book examines what has happened to the ‘home feelings’ of the majority under the influence of the two major revolutions of our times: the gender revolution and increased mobility due to globalization. It analyzes how ‘home’ has been politicized, examines the risks of this politicization, as well as exploring alternative home-making strategies that aim to transcend the ‘logic of identities’ where one group’s ability to feel at home comes at the expense of other groups.



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