The Culturalization of Citizenship

Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World

  • Jan Willem Duyvendak
  • Peter Geschiere
  • Evelien Tonkens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Evelien Tonkens, Jan Willem Duyvendak
    Pages 1-20
  3. Embattled Autochthony: The Radical Dutch Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Rogier van Reekum
      Pages 23-47
    3. Markus Balkenhol, Paul Mepschen, Jan Willem Duyvendak
      Pages 97-112
  4. Who Belongs? Inclusion and Exclusion in the Global South

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-231

About this book


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. 


culturalization, populism Sub-Sahara Africa sexuality belonging polarization race Global South Global North

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Willem Duyvendak
    • 1
  • Peter Geschiere
    • 2
  • Evelien Tonkens
    • 3
  1. 1.SociologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.AnthropologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.SociologyUniversity of Humanistic StudiesUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53409-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53410-1
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