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Het probleem van laaggeschooldheid in België: een historisch-geografische analyse

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden human capital, unskilled, school dropout, geographical segregation
Auteurs Drs. Frederik Van Der Gucht en Prof. dr. Raf Vanderstraeten
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    This article presents an analysis of the geographical clustering at the bottom end of the human capital distribution within Belgium and its major political regions (namely, the Flemish and the Walloon Region). At the national level, there is both a clear decrease of the shares of unskilled and unqualified adults and of their regionally unequal distribution. However, this overall decrease goes along with growing divergences between Flanders and Wallonia. In Flanders the number of early school leavers has become small. In Wallonia economic problems – measured in terms of unemployment rates – go hand in hand with a comparatively high number of school dropouts. Our empirical findings suggest that the success of particular areas and regions in a knowledge-intensive economy depends not only on the presence of highly skilled and highly qualified human capital, but also suffers from the presence of relatively large shares of the less-skilled. We discuss some implications for political decision-making.


Drs. Frederik Van Der Gucht
Drs. Frederik Van Der Gucht is als onderzoeker verbonden aan de vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit Gent (België). E-mail: frederik.vandergucht@ugent.be.

Prof. dr. Raf Vanderstraeten
Prof. dr. Raf Vanderstraeten is als hoogleraar verbonden aan de vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit Gent (België) en als fellow aan het Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Finland). www.cst.ugent.be. E-mail: raf.vanderstraeten@ugent.be.

    Blokland and Soenen use ethnographic research of tramcars in Antwerp to discuss how incidental contacts in public transport relate to safety and trust in the public space. They argue that anonymity, although often blamed, is not the culprit. Blaming certain categorically labeled groups as 'problematic' is not a fruitful approach either. Through an analysis of social realms (public, private and parochial, as in Lofland) that customers create in interaction with each other, the authors show that public transport incorporates potentials both for 'thin community' and for conflict and anxiety. Whether people experience one or the other depends on the social trust. The key to understand how such trust can grow and decrease cannot be found in crime statistics, individual attitudes or categories of 'problematic groups', but in the constructions of the social realms through which people opt out of the public realm or, in groups, appropriate the public space at the expense of others. Describing the various services of 'Lijnspotters', drivers and controllers, the authors discuss what types of social control in public transport is most likely to enhance social trust.


Talja Blokland
Talja Blokland is buitengewoon hoogleraar 'wetenschappelijke grondslagen van het opbouwwerk' aan de Erasmus Universiteit en universitair docent aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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Belgian Politics in 2005

Tijdschrift Res Publica, Aflevering 2-3 2006
Auteurs Sam Depauw en Mark Deweerdt
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Sam Depauw
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders at the University of Leuven.

Mark Deweerdt
Political Journalist of De Tijd.
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