AIAS Lunch Seminar 15 september - Laurens Buijs - AIAS

A Qualitative Case Study of Local Solidarity


The research project ‘Solidarity in the 21st Century’ explores the relationship between diversity and solidarity in an interdisciplinary manner. The aim is to find out whether and to what extent diversity impairs social solidarity between and within groups, and what mechanisms lie behind this relationship. The focus is on how solidarity is affected by the emergence of what some believe to be crucial ‘new divisions’ in society: increasing ethnic diversity as a result of immigration, and the growth of the elderly population as a result of ageing. In the qualitative branch of the research project, I focus mainly on interethnic solidarity. Three neighborhoods in the Netherlands are ethnographically studied (in Amsterdam, Almere and Pekela) that vary in their ethnic composition and in the popularity of ‘culturalization’, or the discourse that stresses the need to protect Dutch ‘autochthonous’ culture and provides cultural legitimation for the exclusion of certain ethnic and religious minorities, particularly muslims. In order to deepen understanding of the complex dynamics behind interethnic solidarity, I propose to redefine the concept of solidarity in relational terms and to recognize the importance of understanding the production of social distance in networks. Solidarity is posed as the result of a certain alignment of actors according to their interests through similar claims, statements, publications, positions, debates, myths, issues, etc. By ethnographically examining the different ways in which actors on the local level relate to the national discourse of culturalization, I attempt to go past dominant but limited ‘static’ explanations of solidarity.

The presenter

Laurens Buijs is a PhD-candidate in the research project ‘Solidarity in the 21st Century: Ageing, Migration, and Solidarity’ of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS). He is affiliated to the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). Please check the study’s general website for more information.

Dag: Donderdag 15 september
Tijd: 12.15 – 13.15 uur.
Locatie: AIAS, 3e verdieping gebouw M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Inschrijven: Stuur ons een e-mail vóór dinsdag 13 september 12.00.
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