In the spotlight: A blessing and a curse for immigrant women in the Netherlands

Baukje Prins, Sawitri Saharso

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Within a short period of time, the Netherlands transformed itself from a relatively tolerant country to a nation that called for cultural assimilation, tough measures and neo-patriotism. The discursive genre of `new realism' played a crucial role in this retreat from multiculturalism, and that had a dual effect for immigrant women. Whereas formerly they were virtually ignored by both the integration and the emancipation policy, since the triumph of new realism they are in the centre of both policy lines and there is now more policy attention for their needs and interests. Yet in the public debate the culture card is drawn frequently and immigrant women are portrayed as either victims or accomplices of their oppressive cultures. Policy makers and practitioners in the field, however, succeeded in avoiding cultural stereotyping by developing cultural-sensitive measures, while naming them in culture-blind terms.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)365-384
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • IR-60034
  • discourse ● emancipation ● integration ● new realism ● policy
  • METIS-250147

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