The retreat of multiculturalism in the Netherlands: A post-structural policy analysis

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title The retreat of multiculturalism in the Netherlands: A post-structural policy analysis
Author Airiian, Elina
Date 2019
English abstract
Since the 1990’s, the retreat of multiculturalism has been described as an integration policy trend across European states. There is however much disagreement among scholars on how this phenomenon should be understood and whether it actually exists. As previous research suggests that the Netherlands is perceived as an extreme example of the withdrawal of multiculturalism, this thesis seeks to critically examine integration in a Dutch governmental context. This is being done by making use of a post-structural policy analysis, which is aimed at understanding the discursive construction of a policy document. More specifically, it has been chosen to utilize Bacchi’s “What is the problem represented to be?” approach, as it focuses on how problems are being represented and understood instead of solely focusing on solving problems. Thus, the theoreotical framework is based on Bacchi’s WPR methodology in combination with previous literature on multiculturalism and assimilationism. The object for analysis is the official Dutch integration policy document of 2007 “Make sure you belong”. By critically examining this document, it can be concluded that Dutch integration is indeed withdrawing from multiculturalism and showing strong features of assimilationism. It can additionally be concluded that the government has a powerful role in constructing meanings.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Dutch integration
Policy analysis
Bacchi
WPR
Post-structuralism
Governmentality
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29415 Permalink to this page
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