- The culturist aftertaste of integration: integration as the national imagination
Calls for re-examining the concept of integration in migration studies are becoming more and more common. In this blog post Marina Lazëri examines the concept of integration within the framework of the nation-state to see whether there is something fundamentally problematic about the concept of integration, or whether the issue is mostly with the way in which we use the concept.
The culturist aftertaste of integration: integration as the national imagination - IMISCOE
- The nation-state is a dogma: Methodological nationalism and assumption-free social science
This blog examines the concept of methodological nationalism, namely the tendency of scholars to see the nation-state as a natural and self-evident social and political form. Nonetheless, as nation-states remain the most pervasive form of social and political organisation, Marina Lazëri explores how we can avoid the pitfalls of methodological nationalism while still taking into account nation-states in our research.
The nation-state is a dogma: Methodological nationalism and assumption-free social science - IMISCOE
- Value-Laden Ideal Types? ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Academic Research
This blog post examines an academic distinction that is frequently also reflected in public discourse: that between ethnic and civic nationalism. This distinction is often made to analyse public discourse, public policy, and individual understandings of the nation-state. In these analyses, civic nationalism is often implicitly understood as the “better” nationalism. In this blog, Marina Lazëri demonstrates why this is a problematic assumption, and at the same time explores the enduring value of these categories.
Value-Laden Ideal Types? ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Academic Research - IMISCOE
- Shifting the Focus of Ethnic Villages
The clustering of ethnic groups in neighbourhoods is often problematised. In this blog post Lisa-Marie Kraus explores whether people without a migration background do also cluster in such neighbourhoods and, if so, why is this phenomenon rarely problematised in public discourse?
- “Diversity” includes White people, too
The term 'diversity' is often used as code to describe minorities. Lisa-Marie Kraus discusses why this is a counterproductive practice in the grander efforts made to establish equality.
- Moving into multiculturalism. Multicultural attitudes of socially mobile individuals without a migration background
This paper sheds light on the former ethnic majority’s attitudes towards multiculturalism. Among those without a migration background, the focus is put on socially mobile individuals in order to disentangle the influence of primary and secondary socialization on attitudes towards multiculturalism. The paper reveals that both upward and downward mobility associates to more optimistic multicultural attitudes. The authors argue that the experience of social mobility equips people with a reflexivity which allows them to have a more optimistic perspective on the multi-ethnic city.
Lisa-Marie Kraus & Stijn Daenekindt (2021) "Moving into multiculturalism. Multicultural attitudes of socially mobile individuals without a migration background", European Societies.
- Why social mobility is key to explaining attitudes towards multiculturalism
What explains attitudes toward multiculturalism in Europe? And how do citizens without a migration background react when the cities they live in become more diverse? In this LSE EUROPP blog post Lisa-Marie Kraus and Stijn Daenekindt show that social mobility is a key factor in determining why some people are more optimistic about multiculturalism than others.
- How the Architecture of Housing Blocks Amplifies or Dampens Interethnic Tensions in Ethnically Diverse Neighbourhoods
Little research has been done so far in the Netherlands into why ethnic tensions in diverse neighbourhoods occur or, also interesting, why they do not occur. This article analyses the possible influence of the physical environment: How does the architecture of housing blocks and neighbourhoods amplify or dampen ethnic tensions in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods? We use data obtained from the Amsterdam city council for two Amsterdam neighbourhoods, one of which typically features inner-city apartments, and the other is consisting of mainly suburban housing blocks. Although their ethnic composition is almost identical, these neighborhoods show almost opposite outcomes in Amsterdam in terms of social cohesion and ethnic tensions.
- Measuring the impact of diversity attitudes and practices of people without migration background on inclusion and exclusion in ethnically diverse contexts. Introducing the diversity attitudes and practices impact scales
Assimilation and integration processes have been studied widely and for many years, mainly by looking at the attitudes and practices of people with migration background. This article focusses on the mirror group: the people without migration background. The authors propose a new model, the Diversity Attitudes and Practices Impact (DAPI) scales, to assess the impact they have on inclusion and exclusion in ethnically diverse contexts.
Maurice Crul & Frans Lelie (2021) "Measuring the impact of diversity attitudes and practices of people without migration background on inclusion and exclusion in ethnically diverse contexts. Introducing the diversity attitudes and practices impact scales", Ethnic and Racial Studies
PDF: Crul and Lelie 2021 Measuring the impact of diversity attitudes and practices of people without migration background on inclusion and exclusion in ethnically diverse.pdf
- The Compass; My Perfect City: Integration in Rotterdam
An episode of BBC World's series The Compass; My Perfect City: Integration in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is lauded for its policies on integrating immigrant populations into the city. What exactly has it got right? Among other voices on this, Prof Maurice Crul adds the perspective of the Becoming a Minority project: how do the people without migration background experience the superdiverse city?
The Compass; My Perfect City: Integration in Rotterdam
- ‘Een samenleving bouw je niet alleen, dat moeten we gezamenlijk doen’
Er is een nieuw diversiteitsbeleid nodig: all inclusive diversity. Dat betoogt hoogleraar diversiteit en onderwijs Maurice Crul. Hij doet zijn uitspraken in een gefilmd gesprek met Bahram Sadeghi, aan de vooravond van de talkshow van Kennisplatform Integratie & Samenleving (KIS). ‘Iedereen moet verantwoordelijkheid nemen voor de diverse samenleving
‘Een samenleving bouw je niet alleen, dat moeten we gezamenlijk doen’
- Signalling inclusion, increasing belonging: People without a migration background in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods
People without a migration background tend to segregate in multicultural cities and have little contact with people of other ethnic backgrounds. To receive a better understanding of mechanisms underlying processes of segregation in such neighbourhoods, we focus on contexts in which people without a migration background are a numerical ethnic minority while another ethnic group is dominant. Using a vignette survey experiment conducted in Amsterdam (n = 364), we show that certain forms of inclusion indirectly increase the willingness to frequent places in the neighbourhood in which people without a migration background are an ethnic minority. In particular, we examine the effects of a direct (all-inclusive approach) and an indirect (numerical representation) form of inclusion on the feeling of belonging. The results show that the feeling of belonging is increased by a direct sign of inclusion which in turn increases the willingness to frequent the contexts.
Lisa-Marie Kraus & Maurice Crul (2022) " Signalling inclusion, increasing belonging: People without a migration background in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods", City, Culture and Society.