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CADS Research Seminar | Welfare State Relations as Citizenship

Monday 9 December 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Welfare State Relations as Citizenship: Thoughts from within the Dutch Welfare State

In recent years, scholars have proposed to focus on everyday forms of citizenship as a way of capturing modes of social and political belonging and rights and duties that go beyond a delimited notion of formal citizenship. The term has been used to describe the exclusive imagination of such belonging in Europe, through a moralisation, culturalisation or racialization of citizenship. I argue that what is often missing from these debates is an understanding of the welfare state as a central site for the elaboration of citizenship in Europe. In this lecture, I will draw on ethnographic research on welfare in Amsterdam to illustrate how welfare state relations present crucial grounds for citizenship. 

Anouk de Koning is Associate Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University. She leads the research project Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Everyday Citizenship, which is funded by an ERC Starting Grant (2015-2020). This multi-sited anthropological study studies the negotiation of 'everyday citizenship' in Europe today by examining encounters between migrant parents and welfare actors in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam.

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