(Roy) R. Kemmers MSc

Lecturer Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Erasmus University College (EUC)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
UC 1-
+31 6201 77543

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R. Kemmers (2017). Channeling Discontent? Nonvoters, Populist Party Voters, and their Meaningful Political Agency. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.

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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).

        • R. Kemmers (2017). Voorbij de ruïnes van Detroit. Sociologie magazine, 12-14.
        • R. Kemmers (2017). Generieke diversiteit. Sociologie magazine, 25.
        • R. Kemmers (2016). Ongelijk samen slapen. Sociologie magazine, 25.
        • R. Kemmers (2016). Tussen verschillende deuren. Sociologie magazine, 17. doi: http://sociologiemagazine.nl/sites/default/files/pdf/socioblogie_sociologiemagazine_4_2016.pdf
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Een bruin groen blazoen. Sociologie Magazine, 15-15.
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Onder de gordel. Sociologie Magazine, 20-20.
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Generatie kapsalon (lemma). Sociologie Magazine, 2, 18-19.
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Keuzes in een spagaat. Sociologie Magazine, 15-15.
        • R. Kemmers (2016). Geen andere wereld. Sociologie Magazine, 9-9.
        • R. Kemmers (2016). Op het tweede gezicht. Sociologie Magazine, 9-9. doi: http://sociologiemagazine.nl/sites/default/files/SocioBlogie_Roy_Kemmers_1_2016_0.pdf
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Vrouwelijkheid als performance. Sociologie Magazine.
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Intimiteit in historische hokjes. Sociologie Magazine, 9-9.
        • R. Kemmers (2015). Ongelijkheid onder de huid. Sociologie Magazine, 16-17.
        • R. Sluiter & R. Kemmers (2014). Trouwen met een vreemde. Sociologie Magazine, 16-17.
        • R. Kemmers (2014). Zelf-meten is weten. Sociologie Magazine, 9-9.
        • R. Kemmers (2014). Grenzen aan de academische vrijheid. Sociologie Magazine, 25-25.
        • R. Kemmers (2014). Bekend tegen haar wil. Sociologie Magazine, 9-9.
        • W. de Koster, P.H.J. Achterberg, R. Kemmers, J. van der Waal & S.R.J.M. van Bohemen (2013). Goede sociologen versimpelen de hele werkelijkheid. Sociale vraagstukken. doi: http://www.socialevraagstukken.nl/site/2013/11/13/goede-sociologen-versimpelen-de-hele-werkelijkheid/
        • W. de Koster, P.H.J. Achterberg, J. van der Waal, S.R.J.M. van Bohemen & R. Kemmers (2013). Progressieve waarden nauwelijks van belang voor PVV-stemmers. Sociale vraagstukken. doi: http://www.socialevraagstukken.nl/site/2013/08/20/progressieve-waarden-nauwelijks-van-belang-voor-pvv-stemmers/
        • D. Houtman, P. Achterberg & R. Kemmers (2012). De wedergeboorte van de fact-free politics: Fortuyns erfenis leeft voort. Tijdschrift voor sociale vraagstukken, 66 (5/6), 30-33.
        • S.R.J.M. van Bohemen, R. Kemmers & W. de Koster (2011). Secular Intolerance in a Post-Christian Society: The Case of Islam in the Netherlands. In D. Houtman, S. Aupers & W. de Koster (Eds.), Paradoxes of Individualization: Social Control, Social Exclusion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Modernity (pp. 141-155). Aldershot: Ashgate
      • R. Kemmers (2017, januari 6). Identity and the self in Sociology - Guest lecture. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Man & Society course @EUC.
      • R. Kemmers (2016, september 10). Channeling Discontent? Nonvoters, Populist Party Voters and their Affective Political Agency. Prague, Czech Republic, General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research.
      • R. Kemmers (2013, augustus 31). Becoming Politically Discontented: How Dutch Nonvoters and PVV- voters Have Come to Reject Established Politics. Uppsala University, Sweden, Fourth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (EU SSSI).
      • R. Kemmers (2013, mei 28). Understanding anti-establishment discourse among Dutch citizens. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Dag van de Sociologie.
      • R. Kemmers, S. Aupers, D. Houtman & J. van der Waal (2012). Popular Discontents about Dutch Government A Typology based on Letters to the Editor of de Telegraaf, 1950-1959 and 2000-2009. Dag van de Sociologie: Utrecht (2012, mei 23).
      • R. Kemmers, W. de Koster, T. Antonio, G. Vegter & L. van der Vorst (2007). Economische belangen en repressie van fraude. Dag van de Sociologie: Rotterdam (2007, mei 31).
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    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Erasmus University College (EUC)
    +31 6201 77543
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