The Game of Participation in Amsterdam East: An Alternative to the Neoliberal or a Neoliberal Alternative?

  • Zsuzsa KovácsEmail author
  • Peer Smets
  • Halleh Ghorashi


With a point of departure in a Bourdieusian framework, the chapter studies dynamics between participatory policymaking and the citizenry’s political agency in a gentrifying neighborhood in Amsterdam East. The analysis shows that gentrifiers, through their community building efforts and resourcefulness, are capable of creating political opportunities for the citizenry to become co-producers in the field of local policy implementation; this enabled social mobility and a creation of a civic democratic culture. At the same time, this alternative field of participation is not immune to reproducing effects related to gentrification and voluntarism.


Gentrification Governance Participation Amsterdam Co-production Voluntarism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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