dr. (Roy) R Kemmers

dr. (Roy) R Kemmers
Assistant professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Public Administration
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Lecturer Erasmus University College Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Roy Kemmers (1980) is Lecturer in Sociology at Erasmus University College and a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at Erasmus University Rottedam.

As a cultural sociologist I am interested in processes of cultural change, as manifested in the (changing) meanings that are attributed to such topics as politics, religion, identity, gender and ethnicity.

In my PhD project I study contemporary popular discontents about politics by taking a cultural sociological perspective. With this project I aim to develop a theory about political discontents that emphasizes the importance of ordinary people’s own definitions of the situations they find themselves (and society) in.

In different parts of my dissertation I analyse 1) the different types of political discontents that can be found in the letters to the editor of Dutch popular newspaper De Telegraaf, 2) the socialization of discontented citizens into (what I refer to as) their ‘anti-establishment careers’, and 3) the differences between populist party voters and nonvoters in their subjective abilities to perform meaningfully in politics.

Through these efforts, I engage theory on populism, political distrust, participation and deviance. Taken together, these different analyses inspire a problematisation of the exclusive focus on the institutional-political domain of many relevant theories.

I am a co-editor for the full-colour Dutch quarterly Sociologie Magazine and I take part in an EU-wide think tank of early stage researchers on populist political communication (COST Action IS1308).

  • Roy Kemmers (2019) - Boze burgers begrijpen - Openingstoespraak CVS congres
  • Roy Kemmers (2017) - Identity and the self in Sociology - Guest lecture
  • Roy Kemmers (2016) - Channeling Discontent? Nonvoters, Populist Party Voters and their Affective Political Agency
  • Roy Kemmers, SD Aupers & Jeroen Waal (2015) - Becoming Politically Discontented: Anti-establishment Careers of Dutch Nonvoters and Populist Party Voters
  • Roy Kemmers (2015) - “It’s just no fun to watch TV anymore!’ On Becoming Politically Discontented and (re) evaluating media’
  • Roy Kemmers (2014) - Channeling Discontent? Comparing Nonvoters and Populist Party Voters' Political Self-Efficacy
  • Roy Kemmers (2014) - Politiek onbehagen gekanaliseerd? Een vergelijking in politieke voldoening tussen PVV stemmers en niet stemmers
  • Roy Kemmers (2014) - Sociologie Magazine (Journal)
  • Roy Kemmers (2013) - Becoming Politically Discontented: How Dutch Nonvoters and PVV- voters Have Come to Reject Established Politics
  • Roy Kemmers (2013) - Understanding anti-establishment discourse among Dutch citizens

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