How Interactions Produce Exclusion and Diversity: An Exploration

By Judith Metz.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Research on civil society and on emancipation show that in the Netherlands the participation of women, people of color, people with disabilities or chronic illness and people with low education levels stay behind. The Netherlands is not unique: this is the case for the majority of the countries in the world. This contribution will explore the ways in which the phenomenon of participation itself contributes to the production of inequality and diversity in the civic participation in the public domain of the Netherlands. The question is how to concretize the effect of participation on the inequality and diversity within it. The practice of the supervision of volunteers within the Dutch association Humanitas presents the answer to this problem. The task of the support of volunteers by the association Humanitas is to counsel its volunteers while they carry out the social work of the organisation (which is a kind of participation). The examination of the significance of the support of volunteers for the participation of the different volunteers will offer us insight into the ways in which participation produce both social closure and diversity.

Keywords: Citizenship, Participation, Diversity, Social Exclusion

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.233-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 527.483KB).

Dr. Judith Metz

Sociaal Geografisch Bureau, Dordrecht, Netherlands

Dr. Judith Metz studied women studies social sciences in Nijmegen. In 1996 she took her master degree with a thesis on sexism and social culture in the autonomous movement in the Netherlands. Her master thesis was published in 1998 by publishing house Ravijn, under the title: Het gekraakte ideaal [the broken ideal]. From 1997 - 2000 Metz was a junior researcher at the Belle van Zuylen Institute, freelance researcher, and programme maker at Tumult [Utrecht’s centre for debate]. From 2001 - 2006 Metz worked at the University of Humanistics on her PhD thesis. In 2006 she got her doctoral degree on the dissertation: De tweeledige werking van intermediairen voor burgerparticipatie, Amsterdam: Humanistic University Press [The twofold functioning of intermediaries for citizen participation]. At the present, Metz is researcher of the Social Geographic Institute in Dordrecht and lecturer at the University for Humanistics. Since 2004 Metz is a member of the editorial staff of Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies [Journal of Gender studies]. Metz publishes on volunteer work, social work, participation, networks, civil society, citizenship, humanism, professionalism and diversity. She teaches on the following subjects: diversity, volunteer work, social work, participation, citizenship, research methods.

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