Ideologies of Success for Superdiverse Citizens: the Dutch Testing Regime for Integration and the Online Private Sector

Massimiliano Spotti

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This article deals with the testing regime of integration in the Netherlands. More specifically, it shows how a monoglottal and monocultural ideology inhabits the political discourses issued and authored by agencies within the Dutch government when dealing with testing for both admission (toelating) and civic integration (inburgering) of (newly arrived) migrants. Further, it shows how a vigorous private online sector in Dutch language courses has grown up, and has utilized semiotic resources that present Dutch language as the vehicle through which migrants can deliver a positive contribution to social cohesion in mainstream society. The article concludes by advancing some reflections on two issues. First, on what it means to know a language. Second, on the construction of the migrant as an economic actor whose chance for social upscaling are based on the amount and level of certifications one can afford to purchase.

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Spotti, M. Ideologies of Success for Superdiverse Citizens: the Dutch Testing Regime for Integration and the Online Private Sector. Diversities. 2011, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. , UNESCO. ISSN 2079-6595
www.unesco.org/shs/diversities/vol13/issue2/art3

About the Author:

Massimiliano Spotti is Deputy Director of Babylon, Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. In 2007, he earned a Ph.D. with a thesis on the identity construction of immigrant minority pupils in multicultural primary school classrooms in the Netherlands and Flanders. In 2009, he co-edited the volume Language Testing, Migration and Citizenship (Continuum). Since 2010, he also covers the post of researcher within the group Languages and Discourses in Social Media at the Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. m.spotti(at)uvt.nl

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