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Getting by in Europe's Urban Labour Markets

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Book Series: IMISCoe Dissertations ISBN: 9789089640505 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640505 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology
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This book examines two major social changes experienced by European cities in the last two decades: post-industrial economic restructuring and new immigration flows. The link between both has been extensively discussed throughout a variety of theoretical approaches and in numerous descriptive contributions. Adding to those studies, this research focuses on three elements of migratory experience that have been relatively neglected thus far: a dynamic view of changes over time, the influence of national welfare and legislation frameworks, and the importance of support mechanisms outside the labour market. The material underpinning the arguments is the qualitative life-course analysis of 81 in-depth interviews with Senegambian migrants living in Antwerp and Barcelona.

Migration and Irregular Work in Austria

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Book Series: IMISCoe Reports ISBN: 9789089640536 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640536 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology
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This meticulously researched study of irregular migrant work in Austria holds many broader lessons for countries all over Europe. The book derives many of its fascinating insights from systematic in-depth interviews with migrants themselves. The authors demonstrate that it is no longer enough to divide the world of foreign employment into "legal" and "illegal" work. Instead, over the past few years, particularly in the context of progressive EU-enlargement in Europe, new manifestations of "irregular migrant work" have evolved. Moreover, the authors convincingly argue that irregular migrant work is based on both supply and demand, and is therefore unlikely to fade away in the foreseeable future.

Hooligans, fans en fanatisme

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ISBN: 9789053568149 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568149 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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Football hooliganism periodically generates widespread political and public anxiety. In spite of the efforts made and resources invested over the past decades, football hooliganism is still perceived by politicians, policymakers and media as a disturbing social problem. This highly readable book provides the first systematic and empirically grounded comparison of football hooliganism in different national and local contexts. Focused around the six Western European football clubs on which the author did his research, the book shows how different clubs experience and understand football hooliganism in different ways.

The Viability of Human Security

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ISBN: 9789053567968 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567968 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Political Science
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This volume elaborates on the EU report A Human Security Doctrine for Europe, adding an engaging discussion of international legal consequences and operational demands in the European Union's quest for domestic security. Introducing the concept of "Human Security from Below," the editors highlight how people in war-torn countries have no choice but to create their own security arrangements. But such structures, surprisingly, are not unique to war zones, the contributors reveal-human security initiatives from below occur in even the most stable Western countries. Arguing that human security as a concept only makes sense if it covers both foreign and domestic policy concerns, The Viability of Human Security offers concise insights on this largely neglected topic.

Collaborative Governance

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ISBN: 9781921536410 Year: Pages: 201 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458884 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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Collaboration has emerged as a central concept in public policy circles in Australia and a panacea to the complex challenges facing Australia. But is this really the cure-all it seems to be? In this edited collection we present scholarly and practitioner perspectives on the drivers, challenges, prospects and promise of collaboration. The papers, first presented at the 2007 ANZSOG Conference, draw on the extensive experience of the contributors in either trying to enact collaboration, or studying the processes of this phenomenon. Together the collection provides important insights into the potential of collaboration, but also the fiercely stubborn barriers to adopting more collaborative approaches to policy and implementation. The collection includes chapter from public servants, third sector managers, and both Australian and international academics which together make it a stimulating read for those working with or within government. It adds considerably to the debate about how to address current challenges of public policy and provides a significant resource for those interested in the realities of collaborative governance.

Decentralisation in Africa

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ISBN: 9789053569344 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569344 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science
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Grounded in empirically-based country case studies, this new study provides a sober assessment of what decentralisation can achieve. The current momentum for decentralisation of government in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is unparalleled, but are the benefits claimed by its advocates being realised? Focusing on two claims in particular, this book questions whether decentralisation does offer a significant pathway out of poverty and conflict in Africa. Issues of poverty reduction are addressed in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania, while those of conflict management are explored in Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda.

Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood

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Book Series: IMISCoe Dissertations ISBN: 9789089640345 Year: Pages: 214 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640345 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- History --- Migration
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Switzerland likely has the most particular naturalization system in the world. Whereas in most countries citizenship attribution is regulated at the central level of the state, in Switzerland each municipality is accorded the right to decide who can become a Swiss citizen. This book aims at exploring naturalization processes from a comparative perspective and to explain why some municipalities pursue more restrictive citizenship policies than others. The Swiss case provides a unique opportunity to approach citizenship politics from new perspectives. It allows us to go beyond formal citizenship models and to account for the practice of citizenship. The analytical framework combines quantitative and qualitative data and helps us understand how negotiation processes between political actors lead to a large variety of local citizenship models. An innovative theoretical framework, integrating Bourdieu's political sociology, combines symbolic and material aspects of naturalizations and underlines the production processes of ethnicity.

De beste de baas?

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Book Series: Studies over politieke vernieuwing ISBN: 9789053568156 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568156 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Philosophy
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It is generally thought that all people should have equal opportunities and their social position should not be dictated by race, sex or heritage. This ideology of meritocracy has been embraced by the Dutch and other European societies. But is this something to strive for? This provocative book has a number of renowned philosophers and sociologists look at the downside of meritocracy. They show that meritocracy runs counter to other important ideals such as solidarity, respect and democracy.

In Death's Waiting Room

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Book Series: Care & Welfare ISBN: 9789053560778 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.5117/9789053560778 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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In Death's Waiting Room is a penetrating story about people suffering from dementia in a multi-cultural society, relevant to us all. Anne-Mei The carried out two years of ethnographic research in a nursing home in the Netherlands revealing what usually remains hidden from the public: the decision to stop treatment, the cultural and social gap between the Dutch occupants and the black Caribbean nursing staff, the communication problems with relatives, the tensions and aggression. But she also shares with us the touching and funny moments and experiences with the elderly occupants. This book also unravels "the Blauwborgje case" - which was the focus of much media attention in the Netherlands in the late 1990s - in which a nursing home refused to re-hydrate a man with extreme dementia because they considered his condition to be terminal, whilst his family disagreed and pressed charges for attempted murder. Anne-Mei The gives an account of the events that took place and also explores the wider relevance of the case.

Solidariteit en slachtofferschap

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Book Series: Amsterdam Academic Archive ISBN: 9789053564097 Year: Pages: 258 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_444103 Language: Dutch;
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Law --- Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- Philosophy --- History
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What is it that really binds Dutch people together? That's the central question of many public debates.This study focuses on the the role of victimhood on our concept of society. Drawing on the works of the American philosopher Richard Rorty, the author discusses morality, criminality, religion, sexual abuse and legalisation of prostituiton.

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