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When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism & Its Discontent

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Publisher Comments:

"Sniderman and Hagendoorn have provided a nuanced portrait of some of the major tensions of our time--the conflicts between diversity and loyalty, identity versus tolerance. This research goes far beyond the Netherlands in its implications, demonstrating how, in an attempt to honor differences, we may exacerbate them."--Diana Mutz, University of Pennsylvania

"This is the best empirical examination of multiculturalism I have ever read. This book demonstrates that attitudes toward immigrants and immigration are complex, grounded in values that are different between majority and minority communities, and connected to the desire of the Dutch to protect their identity as liberal, tolerant, and committed to multiculturalism. No empirical analysis of multiculturalism of this scale has ever been conducted, in Europe or elsewhere. This is a highly original attack on a problem of the utmost importance."--James L. Gibson, coauthor of Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa

"This is a book about the policies of multiculturalism, using the Dutch case as an example of the problems they can give rise to, especially with the Muslim minority. The main argument is that policies that were designed to protect the distinct way of life of the Muslims and promote tolerance are paradoxically breeding intolerance on both sides. This is an excellent and provocative book, on a very topical issue, that goes against the dominant frames of interpretation of multiculturalism and prejudice in social sciences."--Nonna Mayer, coeditor of Extreme Right Activists in Europe

Synopsis:

In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered on a busy Amsterdam street. His killer was Mohammed Bouyeri, a twenty-six-year-old Dutch Moroccan offended by van Gogh's controversial film about Muslim suppression of women. The Dutch government had funded separate schools, housing projects, broadcast media, and community organizations for Muslim immigrants, all under the umbrella of multiculturalism. But the reality of terrorism and radicalization of Muslim immigrants has shattered that dream.

In this arresting book, Paul Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn demonstrate that there are deep conflicts of values in the Netherlands. In the eyes of the Dutch, for example, Muslims oppress women, treating them as inferior to men. In the eyes of Muslim immigrants, Western Europeans deny women the respect they deserve. Western Europe has become a cultural conflict zone. Two ways of life are colliding.

Sniderman and Hagendoorn show how identity politics contributed to this crisis. The very policies meant to persuade majority and minority that they are part of the same society strengthened their view that they belong to different societies. At the deepest level, the authors' findings suggest, the issue that government and citizens need to be concerned about is not a conflict of values but a clash of fundamental loyalties.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO: Muslims 17

CHAPTER THREE: Prejudice 43

CHAPTER FOUR: Identity 71

CHAPTER FIVE: Top-Down Politics 100

CHAPTER SIX: Tolerance 123

A Note about the Data 139

Bibliography 141

Index149

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691129068
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Author:
Hagendoorn, Louk
Author:
Sniderman, Paul M.
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Multiculturalism
Subject:
Minority Studies - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Nationalism
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Netherlands Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Public Policy - Cultural Policy
Subject:
Western Europe - Benelux
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 line illus. 19 tables.
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Europe » Northwest Europe » Holland and the Netherlands
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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"Synopsis" by , In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered on a busy Amsterdam street. His killer was Mohammed Bouyeri, a twenty-six-year-old Dutch Moroccan offended by van Gogh's controversial film about Muslim suppression of women. The Dutch government had funded separate schools, housing projects, broadcast media, and community organizations for Muslim immigrants, all under the umbrella of multiculturalism. But the reality of terrorism and radicalization of Muslim immigrants has shattered that dream.

In this arresting book, Paul Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn demonstrate that there are deep conflicts of values in the Netherlands. In the eyes of the Dutch, for example, Muslims oppress women, treating them as inferior to men. In the eyes of Muslim immigrants, Western Europeans deny women the respect they deserve. Western Europe has become a cultural conflict zone. Two ways of life are colliding.

Sniderman and Hagendoorn show how identity politics contributed to this crisis. The very policies meant to persuade majority and minority that they are part of the same society strengthened their view that they belong to different societies. At the deepest level, the authors' findings suggest, the issue that government and citizens need to be concerned about is not a conflict of values but a clash of fundamental loyalties.

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