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PhD-defense

publicatie: 08-11-2020

30 October 2020
Public PhD-Defense, Fenneke Wekker, University of Amsterdam
 
PhD-Thesis:
Building Belonging. Affecting Feelings of Home through Community Building Interventions.
 
This book deals with ways in which state-supported community building interventions attempt to create a collective sense of belonging among (specific groups of) residents in urban settings, with a focus on how these interventions affect feelings of home of the urban dwellers involved. From a policy perspective, a sense of belonging to one’s residential area is deemed important as it encourages residents to take responsibility for their physical and social environment. Thereby, by means of financially supporting community building interventions, local governments aim at improving the collective self-sufficiency and home feelings of inhabitants, especially of those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, in order for them to function better in the city and, accordingly, to make (disadvantaged) neighborhoods and cities function better at large. The study explores how such state-supported attempts to build a sense of local belonging among neighbors affect the feelings of home of the residents involved.
 
 
 
Download the free digital copy of the PhD-thesis here.
 
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Achter de Voordeur. Over kwetsbaarheid en (over)leven in de grote stad.
 
Hoe overleef je eigenlijk in een grote stad waarin het motto is dat mensen elkaar met rust laten? Zeker als je eigenlijk dagelijks steun en zorg nodig hebt van anderen is dat nogal een uitdaging. Met een terugtrekkende overheid en het sluiten van instellingen en dagopvang voor verstandelijk beperkten en mensen met psychiatrische problematiek, wonen steeds meer mensen die voorheen structurele zorg ontvingen op zichzelf, tussen ‘gewone’ stadsbewoners.
Fenneke Wekker ging op zoek naar hoe kwetsbare mensen (over)leven in de stad, naar hoe zij zich daar thuis voelen en zichzelf een thuis maken. In dit boekje staan tien persoonlijke verhalen van mensen die in de media soms aangemerkt worden als ‘verwarde bewoners’ of in hun wijken soms als enigszins zonderling te boek staan. Het biedt een kijkje in de levens van mensen die doorgaans hun deuren op slot en hun gordijnen gesloten houden.
ACHTER DE VOORDEUR is een ontroerend en levenslustig boek, waarbij de kracht van kwetsbare bewoners onmiskenbaar onder de kieren van hun voordeuren door naar buiten sijpelt.
 
Download de gratis digitale versie van het boek hier

 

Book launch Top-Down Community Building, in Atheneum Boekhandel Roetersstraat

publicatie: 24-09-2018

Top-down Community Building and the Politics of Inclusion

Book Launch by Fenneke Wekker

Event

The book ‘Top-down Community Building and the Politics of Inclusion’ explores mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion involved in practices of community building through an ethnographic study of a neighborhood restaurant in Amsterdam. Author Fenneke Wekker will present the book, followed by two responses from Halleh Ghorashi and Justus Uitermark.

The book puts forward important insights into the advantages and empowering effects of professional, top down community building in a disadvantaged neighborhood, as well as its tensions and contradictory outcomes.

The core argument of the study is that, in spite of the observed restaurant's well-intended and well-organized attempts to create an inclusive and heterogeneous local community, it instead established one both exclusive and homogeneous. Through a set of community building- and discursive practices, the construction of collective fear for ethnic and racial “others" was indirectly facilitated among the white, working class visitors. As a result, insurmountable barriers were erected for non-white and non-native Dutch residents to become part of the local community.

This project speaks to social scientists as well as social workers, governments, and policy-makers concerned with issues of social cohesion, informal networks, and professional community building in disadvantaged urban settings.

You are invited to celebrate this occasion at Athenaeum Bookstore (Roetersstraat 41), on the 24th of September, 17.00.

About the speakers

Fenneke Wekker studied Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, and finished her Research master Social Sciences cum laude. Her book Top-down Community Building and the Politics of Inclusion is based on her master-thesis. Currently, she is in the final year of her PhD-trajectory in Political Sociology. Her research focuses on social interventions in heterogeneous urban settings, that aim to build local communities and increase feelings of home and belonging.   

Halleh Ghorashi is Full Professor of Diversity and Integration and Head of the department of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Between 2005 and 2012 she held the prestigious position of PaVEM-chair in Management of Diversity and Integration at the Department of Organization Science at the VU. Ghorashi's research focuses on issues such as diasporic positioning, refugee's narratives, cultural diversity, emancipation and inclusion with the particular focus on power dynamics in society and organizations.

Justus Uitermark is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Uitermark studied Human Geography at the UvA and received his doctoral degree in Sociology and Political Sciences for his PhD-thesis ‘Dynamics of Power in Dutch Integration Politics’. 

Linda van de Kamp (moderator) is a sociologist who does ethnographic research in the regenerating areas of Amsterdam-north. In this research, she focusses on the dynamics between old and new inhabitants, entrepreneurs, artists, welfare workers, religious groups, housing corporations and authorities in dealing industrial and cultural heritage, public rituals, and media and communication technology. 

Location

Athenaeum Bookstore / Roetersstraat 41. 

 

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