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Access_open Een ontspannen perspectief op residentiële segregatie

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 4 2020
Trefwoorden residential segregation, Framing, welfare regimes, structural factors, individual preferences
Auteurs Prof. dr. Sako Musterd
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    In the Netherlands and surrounding countries, there is reason to ask the question whether levels of segregation according to country of origin (mainly non-western) and in terms of socioeconomic position (mainly social arrears) are sufficiently high to legitimate anti-segregation policy. When will segregation become problematic? If segregation is regarded a problem, what, then, would be the best remedy? Spatial intervention? Or broader societal intervention? In this article developments and mechanisms will be discussed that lead to segregation; also political views on segregation and the framing of segregation will be scrutinized. A confrontation of knowledge, insights, visions, and framings offers material for new perspectives on residential segregation and is reason to argue for a more relaxed attitude towards segregation. We should acknowledge that the process of matching households to residential environments results in some – generally unproblematic – segregation. Only if segregation causes problems that pass certain intensity and/or a certain spatial range, non-spatial or spatial interventions are becoming a necessity. Levels of segregation are relatively moderate still. We ought to be more aware of the fact that strong negative framing actually stimulates segregation, social exclusion, division, discrimination, marginalisation, stigmatisation, fear, estrangement, and the development of first- and second-rate citizens.


Prof. dr. Sako Musterd
Prof. dr. Sako Musterd is hoogleraar stadsgeografie aan het Centre for Urban Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam. www.uva.nl/profiel/s.musterd

    It is generally assumed that unsafety is typically urban, as the urban environment offers opportunities for criminality and contains in addition a lot of illegality and marginality. However, empirically grounded understanding of the relation between criminality and the social and physical characteristics of the urban environment is limited. Therefore this contribution explores the (spatial) connection between the social and physical environment and different forms of criminality. In this respect some common assumptions exist, such as the idea that the residential composition of neighbourhoods is strongly related to criminality; especially when residents are poor or immigrants. In addition, anonymous and massive urban environments would ask for criminality due to a lack of social control. Far less often does one point to the relation between criminality and the presence of a visiting population, as in city centres. Our analysis supports this relation: criminality in cities is connected with the opportunities offered in city centres. This insight is important for the organisation of police work.


Sako Musterd
Sako Musterd (1953) is hoogleraar Stadsgeografie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek, dat hoofdzakelijk internationaal vergelijkend is, richt zich op ruimtelijke segregatie en sociale uitsluiting in grote steden in Europa en op actuele stedelijke dynamiek en herstructurering in regionale setting. Recente studies betreffen de evaluatie van theorieën over buurteffecten aan de hand van grootschalig longitudinaal onderzoek in Zweden en Nederland en onderzoek naar de voorwaarden voor de ontwikkeling van op kennis gerichte steden. Musterd is onder andere lid van de redactie van het International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; van Housing Studies; en van Population, Space and Place.

Wim Ostendorf
Wim Ostendorf (1948) is universitair hoofddocent Stadsgeografie aan de afdeling Geografie en Planologie en aan het AME (Amsterdam study centre for the Metropolitan Environment) van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij doceert Stadsgeografie en Methoden en Technieken en begeleidt promotiestudenten. In zijn onderzoek is hij gericht op urbanisatieprocessen en op problemen van grote metropolitane gebieden wat betreft bevolking, segregatie en huisvesting. In zijn recente onderzoek heeft hij zich onder meer bezig gehouden met segregatie en sociale uitsluiting in grote Europese steden (in Europese onderzoeksprojecten als URBEX, Neighbourhood trajectories en RESTATE), met kansarmen en met de betekenis van de sociale samenstelling van de woonbuurt voor het voortduren of versterken van kansarmoede.

Rinus Deurloo
Rinus Deurloo (1942) is universitair hoofddocent aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, afdeling Geografie en Planologie en coördinator van het GIS-Centrum van de faculteit Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen. Hij verricht methodisch-technisch onderzoek op het gebied van verhuis- en woningkeuzegedrag en op het terrein van stadsgeografische toepassingen van Geografische Informatie Systemen (gis). Tevens ontwikkelt hij de Stadsmonitor Amsterdam.

    This paper investigates the causal relationship between neighbourhood characteristics and the popularity of the political party 'Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV)' during the municipal elections in The Hague on March 3rd 2010. The party, founded and led by Geert Wilders, also operates on the national level and can be characterized as anti-immigration and anti-establishment. During the municipal elections, it received support in different types of neighbourhoods, such as white working class areas from the early and mid 20th century, postwar housing estates, and brand new suburban neighbourhood on the city's periphery. Our analyses point to several neighbourhood characteristics which prove decisive in explaining PVV support. These characteristics are: the presence of older autochthonous Dutch (55 years and older), the presence of autochthonous families with children, a balanced mix between native Dutch and non-Western immigrant residents, and few high income households. These findings support the theoretical explanation of anxiety and insecurity among lower middle classes in an age of globalisation, crises and state retreat. In addition, they also point to dissatisfaction among older and less-mobile residents of rapidly changing inner-city neighbourhoods, who are become more socially isolated as their local social networks are diminishing. The paper concludes with a reflection on current urban policies which are unable to tackle dissatisfaction.


Wouter van Gent
Wouter van Gent is onderzoeker aan de afdeling Geografie, Planologie en Internationale Ontwikkelingsstudies, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Correspondentiegegevens: Dr. W.P.C. van Gent Universiteit van Amsterdam Afdeling Geografie, Planologie en Internationale Ontwikkelingsstudies Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130 1018 VZ Amsterdam w.p.c.vangent@uva.nl

Sako Musterd
Sako Musterd is hoogleraar sociale geografie aan de afdeling Geografie, Planologie en Internationale Ontwikkelingsstudies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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