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The Moralisation of Citizenship in Dutch Integration Discourse

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Willem Schinkel

Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
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Abstract

In this essay two arguments are made about the Dutch integration policy discourse drawing on a distinction between formal citizenship and moral citizenship. First it is argued that citizenship is increasingly framed as moral citizenship and subsequently that this entails a shift from actual citizenship to a virtual conception of it. This virtualisation of citizenship leads to the discursive articulation of certain citizens - immigrants who are citizens in the formal sense - as quasi-subjects, at once protected and feared within the nation-state. This entails that the virtualisation of citizenship does not concern formal inclusion in the nation-state, but rather the moral inclusion in the discursive domain of ‘society’.

How to Cite: Schinkel, W., 2008. The Moralisation of Citizenship in Dutch Integration Discourse. Amsterdam Law Forum, 1(1), pp.15–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.41
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Published on 24 Sep 2008.

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