New neighbours or a security threat? The role of local stories in anti-asylum seeker centre mobilization in the Netherlands

By Iris Beau Segers, Department of Media and Communication

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This article addresses the underexplored role of local storytelling in informing mobilization against asylum seeker centres in the Netherlands. In doing so, it summarizes the preliminary results of an in-depth qualitative study of an anti-asylum seeker centre protest movement in the neighbourhood Beverwaard in the city of Rotterdam. Based on 28 interviews with different stakeholders (citizens, local politicians, civil servants and social workers), a story-based thematic qualitative analysis inductively identified three important storylines (identity, voice and materiality) that played a key role in mobilization against the AZC in the local space. This article will discuss two concrete examples of how stories about voice and identity informed mobilization against a local asylum seeker centre based on grievances, as well as political opportunity structures. As such, this article expands currently dominant perspectives on anti-immigration mobilization that largely focus on broader macro factors such as radical right party politics and socio-economic deprivation by drawing attention to the ways in which bottom-up storytelling practices inform processes of anti-asylum seeker centre mobilization.


Segers, Iris B. (2019), New neighbours or a security threat? The role of local stories in anti-asylum seeker centre mobilization in the Netherlands, International Communication Gazette

https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048519883514

 

Published Nov. 5, 2019 2:24 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2019 2:24 PM