ERIC Number: EJ794342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
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Rethinking Governance from the Bottom Up: The Case of Muslim Students in Dutch Universities
Bastedo, Michael N.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v37 n3 p319-332 Sep 2007
This paper discusses the results of a study of faculty and university staff at two major universities in the Netherlands: the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam. I sought to understand how faculty viewed the role of the university in relationship to national and European goals promoting social cohesion and the integration of Islamic minorities in Dutch society. To a person, my informants were convinced that European universities did not, "and should not," play a major role in promoting social cohesion. Some faculty members were merely indifferent to the problem and the university's role; others were actively hostile to the idea that the university should address what was clearly, in their minds, a state political problem. The paper discusses the governance implications of promoting social cohesion within these challenging institutional contexts, by building social networks among students and reinterpreting traditional policies of pillarization.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Muslims, Minority Groups, Social Integration, Group Unity, College Faculty, College Role, Teacher Attitudes, Governance, Social Networks, College Administration, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands