City in Sight

Dutch Dealings with Urban Change

Edited by Jan Willem Duyvendak, Frank Hendriks, and Mies van Niekerk

Edited by Jan Willem Duyvendak, Frank Hendriks, and Mies van Niekerk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

312 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $59.00 ISBN: 9789089641694 Published April 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

City in Sight presents recent scholarship on the various issues facing today’s Dutch metropolitan areas, including immigration and the growing diversity among the urban population, urban restructuring and neighborhood renewal, shifts in urban governance, and the promotion of active citizenship. With its wealth of information and up-to-date research, this text will appeal to scholars of urban politics and social history from all over the globe.

Nancy Foner, Hunter College

“This timely and enlightening volume highlights the latest urban research in the Netherlands. From urban citizenship and civic participation to immigrant integration and urban governance, City in Sight provides valuable new perspectives on and insightful analysis of urban transformations and challenges in Dutch cities.”

Neil Brenner, New York University

City in Sight will be a key resource not only for scholars who are concerned with specifically Dutch patterns of sociospatial development, but to all who are interested in understanding contemporary urban transformations, recent urban policies and the new lines of conflict the latter have generated.”




Cities in Sight, Inside Cities: An Introduction

Jan Willem Duyvendak, Frank Hendriks, and Mies van Niekerk


Part I               Urban Transformations and Local Settings


1        Post-Industrialization and Ethnocentrism in Contemporary Dutch Cities: The Effects of Job Opportunities and Residential Segregation

Jeroen van der Waal and Jack Burgers


2        Unraveling Neighborhood Effects: Evidence from Two European Welfare States

Sako Musterd and Fenne M. Pinkster


3        The Effects of State-Led Gentrification in the Netherlands

Peter van der Graaf and Lex Veldboer


4        Problematic Areas or Places of Fun? Ethnic Place Marketing in the Multicultural City of Rotterdam

Ilse van Liempt and Lex Veldboer


Part II             Urban Citizenship and Civic Life


5        Local and Transnational Aspects of Citizenship Political Practices and Identifications of Middle-class Migrants in Rotterdam

Marianne van Bochove, Katja Rušinović and Godfried Engbersen


6        A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action: Real-life Expressions of Vital Citizenship in City Neighborhoods

Ted van de Wijdeven and Frank Hendriks


7        Organize Liberal, Think Conservative: Citizenship in Light Communities

Menno Hurenkamp


8        ‘Control over the Remote Control’, or How to Handle the ‘Normal’ World? The Policy and Practice of Community Care for People with Psychiatric or Intellectual Disabilities

Loes Verplanke and Jan Willem Duyvendak


9        Changing Urban Networks and Gossip: Moroccan Migrant Women’s Networks in the Dutch Welfare State

Marguerite van den Berg


Part III                  Urban Governance and Professional Politics


10    The Relationship Between Policy and Governance and Front-line Governance

Pieter Tops and Casper Hartman


11    Between Ideals and Pragmatism: Practitioners Working with Immigrant Youth in Amsterdam and Berlin

Floris Vermeulen and Tim Plaggenborg


12    Explaining the Role of Civic Organizations in Neighborhood Co-production

Karien Dekker, René Torenvlied, Beate Völker and Herman Lelieveldt


13    The Amsterdam Office Space Tragedy: An Institutional Reflection on Balancing Office Space Development in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region

Leonie Janssen-Jansen and Willem Salet


The Dutch Orange and the Big Apple: A Comparative Commentary

John Mollenkopf



Notes on Contributors


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