The Return of the Native
Can Liberalism Safeguard Us Against Nativism?
Jan Willem Duyvendak and Josip Kesic
With Timothy Stacey
Reviews and Awards
"How are we to understand and respond to the expansion of nativism across the globe? In their brilliant appraisal of 'a nativist logic' in the Netherlands, France, and the US, the authors conclude with wise — and urgent — advice for liberals. Structural shifts are behind this turn, they argue, but what counts more is narrative. And liberals need to work on theirs. Get curious about how a narrative works, how it appeals to our yearning to belong. Try creating a liberal narrative which invites the listener into a home which has the feel of comfort with difference-in race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation-and even difference in political opinion. Civilization is a work in progress, and this book helps us do that work." -Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California Berkeley, and author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right "
"The Return of the Native is a well-informed, ambitious, and surprising comparative study of nativism and how it shapes boundaries toward racial and religious minorities and women, by mobilizing shared values of enlightenment and tolerance, inherited from liberalism. The authors do a splendid job at presenting a complex thesis clearly and convincingly. This book will certainly have a significant impact on scholarly exchanges around these topics for time to come." -Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, and author of The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration "
"In this path-breaking work, the authors argue for the growing importance of nativism, or the opposition to an internal minority because of its foreignness. Nativism rests on a naturalized link between a category of people and a particular place that supports claims to prerogatives and rights-and exclusion of the non-native. Beginning with the Dutch case, the authors examine how nativism interacts with racism, nationalism, populism, and, in today's European context, Islamophobia. They draw on decades of collaborative work to explore the several iterations of nativism across countries, and attune us to the dangers of its left-liberal forms, which trumpet the superiority of one's own national values. They also set out ways to promote an alternative vision, that of a liberal politics of belonging. A clear analysis of ideas and forces that trouble the politics of today." -John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor, Washington University, and author of Can Islam Be French?"