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Dynamics of Power in Dutch Integration Politics

From Accommodation to Confrontation

Justus Uitermark

306 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Integration politics in the Netherlands has changed dramatically between 1990 and 2005. Whereas ethnic and religious differences were hitherto pacified through accommodation, a new and increasingly powerful current in Dutch politics problematized the presence of minorities. This development represents a challenge to sociologists and political scientists: how to map and explain drastic changes? Arguing that extant approaches are better at explaining continuity than change, this book develops a relational discourse analysis to understand dynamic power relations in national as well as local politics.
Author Bio
Justus Uitermark is Professor of Community Development at the Sociology Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam.