When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism and Its Discontents in the Netherlands

When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism and Its Discontents in the Netherlands

by Paul M. Sniderman, Louk Hagendoorn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691141010

ISBN-13: 9780691141015

Pub. Date: 02/02/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered on a busy Amsterdam street. His killer was Mohammed Bouyeri, a twenty-six-year-old Dutch Moroccan offended by van Gogh's controversial film about Muslim suppression of women. The Dutch government had funded separate schools, housing projects, broadcast media, and community organizations for Muslim

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In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered on a busy Amsterdam street. His killer was Mohammed Bouyeri, a twenty-six-year-old Dutch Moroccan offended by van Gogh's controversial film about Muslim suppression of women. The Dutch government had funded separate schools, housing projects, broadcast media, and community organizations for Muslim immigrants, all under the umbrella of multiculturalism. But the reality of terrorism and radicalization of Muslim immigrants has shattered that dream.

In this arresting book, Paul Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn demonstrate that there are deep conflicts of values in the Netherlands. In the eyes of the Dutch, for example, Muslims oppress women, treating them as inferior to men. In the eyes of Muslim immigrants, Western Europeans deny women the respect they deserve. Western Europe has become a cultural conflict zone. Two ways of life are colliding.

Sniderman and Hagendoorn show how identity politics contributed to this crisis. The very policies meant to persuade majority and minority that they are part of the same society strengthened their view that they belong to different societies. At the deepest level, the authors' findings suggest, the issue that government and citizens need to be concerned about is not a conflict of values but a clash of fundamental loyalties.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141015
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO: Muslims 17

CHAPTER THREE: Prejudice 43

CHAPTER FOUR: Identity 71

CHAPTER FIVE: Top-Down Politics 100

CHAPTER SIX: Tolerance 123

A Note about the Data 139

Bibliography 141

Index149

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