Francis Pakes – Cultural Conundrums: Moroccan youngsters in the Netherlands


Islam, Muslim Youth and Identity History and Social Sciences Faculty Seminar Series

Seminar organizers: Professor Ravinder Barn (CrimSoc), and Professor Humayun Ansari (History)

Date: Weds 27 January 2010

speaker_FrancisPakesFrancis PakesCultural Conundrums: Moroccan youngsters in the Netherlands

This paper will explore issues of integration and exclusion of youngsters of Moroccan descent in the Netherlands. It will examine trouble behaviour, health, integration and identity to highlight the conundrums faced by this group in what is traditionally regarded a highly tolerant nation. By highlighting the complexities of identity faced by Moroccan youngsters we can draw parallels to similar issues in the Netherlands at large where globalisation has posed issues of security, identity and change at a different level as well.

Dr. Francis Pakes is reader in comparative criminology at the University of Portsmouth. He got his PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands. His first book, Comparative Criminal Justice appeared in 2004 with Willan Publishing and a new edition is due in 2010. Apart from comparative work Francis publishes regularly on crime, justice and social change in the Netherlands and on the intersections of criminal justice and mental health.








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