Exploring the Politics of Belonging through Theatrical Productions in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

By Jennifer Long.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Citizenship in the Netherlands is no longer just a matter of getting a job or acquiring legal status as a citizen. Using theatrical plays as a point of departure, this paper employs an anthropological perspective to explore how ordinary citizens are normalizing behaviours and cultivating standards of integration for non-western immigrants in local contexts. Through this investigation, it becomes apparent that belonging to the dominant community in the Netherlands is no longer just a matter of economic integration, but one of cultural integration. This investigation supports the work of other scholars who found evidence of a culturalization of citizenship in the Netherlands.

Keywords: Belonging, Theatre Productions, Culturalization of Citizenship, Non-western Muslim Immigrants, The Netherlands

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.25-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 403.188KB).

Dr. Jennifer Long

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Migration and Ethnic Relations Interdisciplinary Programme, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Jennifer Long is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Her Ph.D. research explored the shifting notions of citizenship in Rotterdam, the Netherlands through ordinary citizens’ spatial practices in the neighborhood. She is currently exploring issues of settlement and integration programming in Canada.