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Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series

Top-down Community Building and the Politics of Inclusion

Authors: Wekker, Fenneke

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  • Speaks to both social scientists, as well as social workers, governments and policy makers concerned with issues of professional community building in disadvantaged urban settings
  • Raises awareness for implicit forms of discrimination and racism unintentionally made a part of informal network formation in heterogeneous urban settings
  • Contributes to larger scholarly debates on (institutionalized) mechanisms of in- and exclusion, social solidarity, social capital and the (re)production of moral boundaries along lines of class, race and ethnicity
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This book explores mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion involved in practices of community building through an ethnographic study of a neighborhood restaurant in Amsterdam. It presents important insights into the advantages and empowering effects of professional, top down community building in a disadvantaged neighborhood, as well as its tensions and contradictory outcomes. The core argument of the study is that, in spite of the abserved restaurant's well-intended and well-organized attempts to create an inclusive and heterogeneous local community, it instead established one both exclusive and homogeneous. Through a set of community building practices and discourses of "deprivation" and "ethnic and racial otherness," the construction of collective fear for ethnic and racial ÔÇťothers" was indirectly facilitated among the white, working class visitors. As a result, insurmountable barriers were erected for non-white and non-native Dutch residents to become part of the local community. This project speaks to social scientists as well as social workers, governments, and policy-makers concerned with issues of social cohesion, informal networks, and professional community building in disadvantaged urban settings.

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Fenneke Wekker is a researcher, writer, lecturer, editor, and project-leader. Her research focuses on community building practices and discourses; the current welfare state transition in the Netherlands and its consequences on everyday lives of vulnerable citizens in heterogeneous urban settings; public space design and social cohesion; feelings, notions, and practices of home and belonging; and mechanisms of (institutional) in- and exclusion. She has published articles in Home Cultures and other journals.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85286-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Top-down Community Building and the Politics of Inclusion
Authors
Series Title
Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53964-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53964-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53963-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85286-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 93
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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