Mattias De Backer

Mattias De Backer
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Institute of Criminology

PhD

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Introduction
Mattias De Backer is postdoctoral researcher travelling between criminology, sociology and geography. He holds a Master in Philosophy and Urban Studies, and a PhD in Criminology. Mattias works on topics related to youth, the city and migration and has an interest in creative/participatory methods and poststructuralist philosophy. Mattias is editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Criminological Encounters

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Research on a sensitive and potentially stigmatising topic such as ‘radicalisation’ begs for a robust ethical framework. Ethical procedures, issuing from an institutional ethics commission, are not sufficient to manage these risks. Arguably, collaborative and participatory research is best suited to overcome the risks of doing research on such a se...
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Governments measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic had a strong impact on migration, involving the closing of borders and of asylum applications in several European countries. At the same time, civil society support to migrants was almost completely stopped. Just like in the 2015-18 refugee reception crisis, however, new initiatives and forms of...
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It is clear that the pandemic has had much harsher effects on vulnerable urban groups such as migrant youth, refugees, asylum-seekers, undocumented migrants and the homeless. For many of these groups public space is a quintessential realm, not only for leisure and social contact but also for shelter and income. This chapter presents early findings...
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COVID-19 is an invisible threat that has hugely impacted cities and their inhabitants. Yet its impact is very visible, perhaps most so in urban public spaces and spaces of mobility. This international volume explores the transformations of public space and public transport in response to COVID-19 across the world, both those resulting from official...
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Liège University/KU Leuven, Belgium _________________________________________________________________________ COVID-19 brought about a shift in political priorities, pushing refugee issues to the margins. Governments concentrated on measures to contain the pandemic, some of which had strong impact on migration (e.g. closing of borders, halt to asyl...
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While some research has been undertaken in recent decades into sexual violence against women in public space, the same cannot be said about everyday, 'mild' forms of harassment. From field research in Brussels between 2013 and 2016 with young people, the majority of whom have a (Muslim) migration background, we can conclude that physical violence h...
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Cite as: De Backer, M., Claes, E., Flachet, T., Moustatine, A. and Bousetta, H. (2020), De radicaliseringsmachine: ervaringen van geviseerde gemeenschappen uit Molenbeek en Verviers. Panopticon, 41(3): 251-XXX. De vanzelfsprekendheid waarmee over "radicalisering" wordt gesproken door commentatoren, journalisten, analisten en politici staat in schri...
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It is our great pleasure to introduce the second issue of Criminological Encounters Before e introduce the content of this issue e ould like to first restate to our readers the journal's mission statement Criminological Encounters is a radicall free independent and open-access journal We belie e that scien tific information should not hide behind e...
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Much like Parsons’s notion of “youth culture,” the tradition of subculture developed by the Birmingham School was criticised as being too romantic, too general, and too dependent on a simplistic model based on the inside/outside binary. Since the 1990s, “post-subcultural” studies have developed which prefer to focus on agency rather than structure....
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Hoofdstuk 6 | Informele en formele sociaalwerkpraktijken als aankomstinfrastructuren voor nieuwkomers Nick Schuermans, Mieke Schrooten en Mattias De Backer Na de situering van diverse informele sociaalwerkpraktijken en-spe-lers in het eerste deel van dit boek, gaat het tweede deel in op de samen-werking tussen formele en informele sociaalwerkactore...
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This paper studies the phenomenon of ‘everyday cosmopolitanism’ based on fieldwork and interviews with young people in the public space of Brussels, conducted between 2013 and 2016. Although the open and positive inter-cultural practices observed in public space are echoed in the tolerant attitudes expressed by these youngsters, my research also re...
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While in the past two decades a rich literature has emerged about the politics of public space, many of these theoretical works and empirical studies consider public space interactions and behaviors against the backdrop of deliberative or representative politics. In this special issue, to which this article is the preface, we offer some reflections...
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Visibility is an important characteristic of public space. According to Brighenti, control and recognition can be understood as two opposing outcomes of visibility. These two modes are studied empirically through the use of data from a research project with young people in Brussels. This article zooms in on young people’s appropriation of a space f...
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Young people's interaction with place is not only a cognitive process of identification but also an affective relation. There has been plenty of research on young people and/in public space but few of those studies have taken such an affective layer of analysis into account. In this paper we aim to shed some light on young people's affective geogra...
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Which public and whose space? The understanding of public space as an arena where individuals can claim full use and access hides a reality of constant negotiation, conflict and surveillance. This collection uses case studies concerning the management, use, and transgression of public space to invite reflection on the way in which everyday social i...
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Many assumptions underlie a concept such as public space but seldom are they made explicit in the public debate. In this paper I will investigate what constitutes ‘publicness’ by building on research with young people hanging out in public space in Brussels. I will argue that young people, by meeting in public space, produce parochial places (Lofla...
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De Certeau’s distinction of ‘strategies’ and ‘tactics’ is valuable to understand certain phenomena in public spaces, particularly the tensions between strategies of surveillance and tactics of appropriation. On the one hand there is a top-down process of rationalization of public spaces through surveillance practices, as in the use of surveillance...

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