Imagined Communities and Everyday Imaginings: Neocolonial Renderings of Citizenship in the Dutch State
In the past few years, discourse surrounding Dutch citizenship has shifted away from inclusionary and multiculturalist models towards those that stress cultural assimilation. This thesis examines how this shift can be understood as a neocolonial ordering that has persisted from the Dutch State’s colonial past. Analyses of forms of neocolonial ordering at both the institutional level and through everyday racisms reveal a narrative in which ‘whiteness’ becomes imbricated with ‘Dutchness.’ Such a narrative reinforces ‘othering’ processes in which those deemed outsiders are unable to achieve full inclusion within Dutch society, creating contested citizenships between insider and outsider that are reinforced by the Dutch State.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen