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Sociology Colloquium: A Cultural Explanation for Immigrant Crime
Start Date: 4/27/2015Start Time: 1:40 PM
End Date: 4/27/2015End Time: 2:50 PM
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Sociology Colloquium: A Cultural Explanation for Immigrant Crime

April 27th 2015
Sociology Conference Area
Room 3232 North Hall
1:40-2:50 p.m.


Prof. Dr. Frank Bovenkerk is a cultural anthropologist by education. From 1988 through 2008 he was
Professor of Criminology at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at the University
of Utrecht, where he is now Emeritus Professor. From 2009 through 2012 he held the FORUM Frank J. Buijs
Chair of Radicalization Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies. In
2012 he completed his legal study (bachelors) in the University of Utrecht Law School.

Abstract: Fifty years ago Moroccan men emigrated in great numbers as migratory workers to six countries
in Western Europe under comparable conditions. About half of them brought their families and settled down.
A second generation of men has produced what is perceived as a major crime problem in the Netherlands,
usually attributed to Moroccan culture. However, Germany has no ‘Moroccan crime problem’ whatsoever.
France has tremendous criminality among young men in their banlieues but this is not recognized as an ethnic
problem. Belgium vehemently denies a similar problem as part of a political cordon sanitaire of the extreme
right. ‘Divergent comparison’ of migration histories in a quasi-experimental design demonstrates an
enormous variation in outcomes. This cannot be explained by the immigrant’s backgrounds but reflects the
diversity of national cultures of the ‘host societies’.
Location Information:
North Hall - North Hall
445 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Room: 3232N
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