Van Carnisse naar Cool


Deze stadswandeling heb ik in 2015 uitgezet voor criminologiestudenten in het kader van een mastervak over veiligheidsbeleid in grote steden (Universiteit Leiden). De wandeling is geïnspireerd op de stadssociologische wandeling die hoort bij het boek ‘De verborgen stad, de zeven gezichten van Rotterdam’, samengesteld door Godfried Engbersen en Jack Burgers (Amsterdam University Press, 2001).

De wandeling (duur circa 2 uur) start in een van de ‘aandachtswijken’ in Rotterdam-Zuid en eindigt in een van de hipste straten in het centrum van Rotterdam.

Download de stadswandeling (pdf) hier.


Problemen met (etnisch) profileren

Nieuwe post op CrimEUR – het blog van de afdeling Criminologie, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Lees hier:

Luxe auto of lage status: tegen (etnisch) profileren

De discussie over etnisch profileren is al snel beladen omdat de thema’s etniciteit en racisme in ons land, evenals elders overigens, op zichzelf hete hangijzers zijn. Is het überhaupt een goed idee dat politie, justitie en rechters profileren op bepaalde kenmerken, of dat nu gaat om huidskleur of recidiverisico?

Life in a bubble 4: Williamsburg

bedstuy-tag-flickrJust before Christmas last year, I moved from the Upper West Side (Manhattan) to the neighbourhood Williamsburg (Brooklyn). While I knew that Williamsburg is the quintessential gentrifying neighbourhood, I was astonished to find out that most of Williamsburg – and most of Brooklyn that was within a 45-minute commute to work – was pretty much off limits in terms of rent. And I’m not exactly poor.

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rozenkwekerij (frans de wit flickr)

When this week people on Twitter were listing their first seven jobs, using the hashtag #myfirstsevenjobs, I almost joined, but I hesitated. What was I – higher educated, privileged, successful – trying to say by informing other people about the seven jobs I had ever had?

Judging by the way the media covered the trending topic, it seems that people were mostly interested in finding out about the first jobs of successful and famous people. Apparently, we are fascinated by the fact that the rich and famous once had jobs that bear no relationship whatsoever to their now fruitful careers – especially when they were ‘going through hell’.

Going through hell

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The harm of experienced inequality

meritocracy (flickr)

The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) recently concluded, based on a survey, that the population perceives Dutch society as relatively egalitarian. A majority of the respondents positions themselves in the middle of the ‘social ladder’, and only a minority sees conflict between social categories, such as between the poor and the rich, and lower and higher educated people. However, what the survey does not tell us, is how people experience inequality.

Education as equalizer and stratifier

Insight into experienced or lived inequality is important for several reasons. First, the question of whether we should reduce inequality should depend not only on objectively measured differences in income, wealth, health and wellbeing, but also on the extent to which and reasons why people think that inequality is legitimate or not. Second, experienced inequality is possibly one of the mechanisms through which socioeconomic inequality is reproduced or even reinforced.

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