Kobe De Keere

Kobe De Keere
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD Sociology

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Introduction
Kobe De Keere obtained a Master's degree in philosophy (UGent) and sociology (VUB) and has defended his Ph.D thesis in social science at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), titled "Struggling over Self and Society.A cultural-sociological analysis of individualism in modern society". Currently he is assitant professor in cultural sociology at the Univeristy of Amsterdam (UvA) and is as voluntary research fellow also a member of the research group TOR of the Free University of Brussel (VUB).
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June 2008 - September 2015
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (28)
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The aim of this paper is to investigate the logic behind lay people’s ideological position taking and how this is determined by class position. I therefore examine to what extent there exists a similarity between the configuration of the political field and the structure of the space of social classes. The paper includes a brief description of the...
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This paper argues that whereas the social relevance of attitudes towards education is commonly confined to their direct impact on educational aspirations or attainment, attitudes may also impact on educational success in a way similar to cultural capital. Survey data were used to assess the support for three different attitudes with respect to the...
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Several scholars argue that self-expression has become a salient feature in the conception of the self at the expense of a more utilitarian perception of the individual. This article argues that this transition agrees with an evolution in how the relation between work and the self was perceived during the 20th century. A historical content analysis...
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De prominente aanwezigheid van individualisme wordt algemeen beschouwd als een van de centrale kenmerken van moderne Westerse samenlevingen. Er bestaat echter weinig eenduidigheid over de precieze invulling van het concept individualisme. Dat resulteert in een wildgroei van concepten waarin auteurs onder meer spreken over expressief of utilitair in...
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Philosophical and historical analyses of the relationship between the public and the private sphere suggest that contemporary men and women evaluate public affairs, politics and the state of society-at-large in the light of their private, particularistic concerns. That proposition is evaluated on the basis of the theory of symbolic society. This th...
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This study investigates how employee gatekeepers decode cultural signals applicants send out during job selection procedures. By focusing on declarative and non-declarative cultural signals such as leisure activities and presentation style, this article examines how recruiters and hiring managers do their gatekeeping recognition work. This is done...
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The rise of video-on-demand streaming services has facilitated more intensive television watching. When novel consumption behaviors emerge, cultural intermediaries may be mobilized to make sense of it and potentially legitimize it. This often takes place by raising moral panic, as it draws attention to new cultural practices and asks tastemakers to...
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As social beings, we are compelled to take moral position toward one another but the nature of the relationship between morality and social structure remains a point of discussion. This article proposes a relational perspective on the debate, which involves reconceptualizing moral views as simultaneously status markers and attempts to achieve self-...
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Cultural sociology is somewhat a vague sub-discipline of sociology. It is partly defined by its topic, but certainly not completely. Hence, cultural sociologists spend some of their precious time bickering about what grants them the right to call themselves a specific branch of sociology. This essay argues that cultural sociology is in fact a subfi...
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Previous research has shown how the embodied performances expected from service workers make cultural class background important for entry into these forms of jobs. However, class judgement continues to impact the worker post-entry and on-the-job. We explore this through a qualitative study of 18 middle-class women working in luxury-retail stores i...
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Although it is well established that contemporary school-based pedagogy continues to be primarily oriented towards a middle-class habitus, little research has documented how crucial elements of such habitus, like an expressive self-conception and emotional management, became integrated in the educational institute and its philosophy. Therefore, thi...
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This doctoral thesis takes as its subject one of the oldest and at the same time most ambiguous themes of sociology, namely individualism. The type of social and institutional control that characterizes modern society rests on a general belief in autonomous and equal individuals, which makes individualism into a defining cultural discourse. The int...
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This paper uses data from the European Social Survey regarding 18 European countries to test the relationship between modernization and malaise. Trust in government institutes (TGI) is used as a proxy measure of malaise. The explanatory power of three theories explaining trust is compared to that of the theory of symbolic society. This theory sees...
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Al sinds het ontstaan van België lijkt de kloof tussen de twee belangrijkste taalgemeenschappen als maar groter te worden. Die kloof werd al grondig bestudeerd op politiek, sociologisch en historisch vlak, maar nooit eerder toonde onderzoek aan hoe de Vlaming, de Waal, de Brusselaar of de Belg tout court er tegenover staat. In Eén land | twee talen...
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Few studies have addressed the question how the two main linguistic groups in Belgium (French and Flemish speakers) code each other. The research reported in this article is based on a storytelling forum of 56 persons that gathered five times. The storytelling sessions yielded 91 different stories about living in a bilingual society. These were ana...
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This paper maps the unequal development of detraditionalization in rich societies. It views detraditionalization as a shift in the mode of social control from reliance on scarcity, belief and ideology, self evident tradition and obedience, to self-control. Self-control is based upon belief in an autonomously choosing subject (individualism) and a s...
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Few studies have addressed the question how the two main linguistic groups in Belgium code each other. The research reported in this article is based on a storytelling forum of 56 persons that gathered five times. The stories were analyzed using the actantial scheme, as proposed by Greimas. Five common scenarios were uncovered. The Flemish scenario...
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This paper confronts two different theories regarding the mechanisms that determine contemporary distrust in science. The first theory starts from the assumption that today modernity is characterized by growing reflexivity, but also by an increasing relativism and skepticism. This development causes, on the one hand, a liberation from a dogmatic ap...
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