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Framing Immigrant Integration: Dutch Research-Policy by Peter Scholten

By Peter Scholten

Debates on immigrant integration usually middle on “national types of integration,” an idea that displays the will of either researchers and coverage makers to discover universal flooring. This publication demanding situations the concept there has ever been a coherent or constant Dutch version of integration and asserts that notwithstanding Dutch society has lengthy been obvious as exemplary for its multiculturalism—and argues that the incorporation of migrants is still one of many country’s so much urgent social and political matters. as well as an research of ways immigration is framed and reframed via varied dialogues, the writer offers a hugely dynamic review of integration coverage and its evolution along migration research.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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G. guest workers, foreigners or aliens). As Schneider and Ingram (1993, 1997) have shown, the classification of groups or categories is a far from unambiguous or neutral process. They draw attention to how social classification conveys public images and perceptions of power positions of specific groups or categories. For instance, it can pose both significant political risks or opportunities in terms of burdening the advantaged and independent or, in constrast, providing benefits to contenders and deviants.

They do, however, acknowledge that human cognition is inherently entwined with more subjective images and normative appreciations. : 23). : 34). : 32). ] always takes place within a nested context’. This nestedness involves various structural or institutional forums, each with their own rules of the game and a distribution of social roles (Rein 1986: 13). : 12). : 13). This approach resembles Gusfield’s (1980) sociology of social problems, which focused both on what he described as ‘the culture of public problems’ and ‘the structure of public problems’.

The structure of research-policy boundaries also involves specific rules concerning mutual relations – ‘conditions of exchange’ (Halffman 2003: 64). These conditions are not separate from the distribution of primacy, though they can be analytically distinguished. According to Wittrock (1991: 336), they are inherently connected to how research and policy are demarcated in patterns of boundary work: ‘Any conceptualisation of [the research-policy] relationship ultimately rests on an assumption about the analogy between the operational modes of the realms of research and of policy’.

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