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Dr K. (Kobe) De Keere

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Cultural Sociology
Photographer: Kobe de Keere

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B6.04
Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

     

    Kobe De Keere is assistant professor in cultural sociology and a Veni Grant holder. He holds Master’s degrees in philosophy (Ghent University) and sociology (Free University of Brussels) and received a Ph.D. in sociology from the Free University of Brussels. His dissertation research involved an analysis of the role of individualism, as a cultural discourse, within modern society with an emphasis on class conflict and historical change. He published on topics such as individualism, modernization, educational inequality, cultural class boundaries and moral and political conflicts. Currently, his main research focus is on subjects such as moral boundaries, cultural distinction and evaluation practices within the labor market.

    He is a member of the program group Cultural Sociology of the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He has been a research fellow at the TOR-research group of the Free University of Brussels, a visiting scholar at the Affective Science Group of the Social Psychology Department at the University of Oslo and a Weatherhead visiting fellow at Harvard University. Besides that he is a board member of the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) and a member of the editorial boards of Sociologos, Sociologie and Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change.

     

     

    Veni-project: Hiring on Taste (2018 - 2022)

    Occupational differences form the bedrock of our social stratification system, yet standard indicators such as education level, skill credentials or job experience do not fully explain job allocation processes. Simultaneously, mobility research shows that there remains a stable and unexplained link between social class origin and occupational destination. Hence, many tacit mechanism and hidden criteria are involved in the process of occupational selection.


    Cultural capital constitutes a key yet elusive resource people often rely on when obtaining social positions. Acquired tastes, discourses and interactional skills are also expected to be vital assets within the labour market. However, the notion of cultural capital remains a black box as we have hardly any understanding of how it is actually deployed during practices of social selection.


    This project is one of the first to open this black box by examining the role of cultural capital within hiring processes. This requires a radical turn towards investigating the praxis of social selection by focusing not only on what people say but also on what they do. Job interviews are crucial gatekeeping encounters and by in-depth examination of hiring processes, we can get new insights in how cultural capital actually obtains its value during face-to-face interaction.


    To tackle this, the project has an innovative and comparative research design. The objective is to compare the importance of cultural capital within two middle-level employment sectors, including the private technical-economic field and the public social-cultural field. In order to do so the programme entails: (1) an inductive exploration of the field through focus groups with recruiters and a study of manuals and trainings for human research professionals, (2) comparative multimodal analysis of video-taped job interviews as to get detailed insight into selection practices, and (3) an examination of evaluation protocols by participant observation and in-depth interviews with recruiters.

     

     

  • Publications

    2019

    • Boyle, B., & De Keere, K. (2019). Aesthetic labour, class and taste: Mobility aspirations of middle-class women working in luxury-retail. The Sociological Review, 67(3), 706-722. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026119827753 [details]
    • De Keere, K. (2019). (Nog eens) een theorie van een kameleon klasse [Review of: E. Currid-Halkett (2017) The sum of small things: A theory of the aspirational class]. Sociologie, 14(1), 59-67. https://doi.org/10.5117/SOC2018.1.003.BOEK [details]
    • De Keere, K., & Spruyt, B. (2019). ‘Prophets in the pay of state’: The institutionalization of the middle-class habitus in schooling between 1880 and 2010. The Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026118822824

    2018

    2016

    • Spruyt, B., De Keere, K., Keppens, G., Roggemans, L., & Van Droogenbroeck, F. (2016). What is it worth? An empirical investigation into attitudes towards education amongst youngsters following secondary education in Flanders. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37(4), 586-606. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.960960 [details]

    2015

    • De Keere, K., de Korte, K., & Glorieux, I. (2015). Daarna eentje drinken? Profiel en activiteiten van bezoekers aan cultuur- en gemeenschapscentra. In J. Lievens, J. Siongers, & H. Waege (Eds.), Participatie in Vlaanderen 2: Eerste analyses van de participatiesurvey 2014 (pp. 91-106). Leuven: Acco.
    • De Keere, K., de Korte, K., & Glorieux, I. (2015). Should I stay or should I go. Ongelijke uitval bij bibliotheekgangers. In J. Lievens, J. Siongers, & H. Waege (Eds.), Participatie in Vlaanderen 2: Eerste analyses van de participatiesurvey 2014 (pp. 71-90). Leuven: Acco.

    2014

    • De Keere, K. (2014). From the self-made to the already made man: A historical content analysis of professional advice literature. Acta Sociologica, 57(4), 311-324. https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699314552737

    2013

    • De Keere, K. (2013). Van zelfcontrole naar zelfexpressie: een analyse van de transformatie van de geest van het kapitalisme. Sociologie, 9(1), 50-73.
    • De Keere, K., Spruyt, B., & Elchardus, M. (2013). Individualisme ontleed. Een theoretische en empirische analyse van individualisme-discoursen. Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, 34(3/4), 307-339.
    • Elchardus, M., & De Keere, K. (2013). Republicanism in Mediated Society; A comparative analysis on public and private evaluation guided by the theory of symbolic society. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 26(3), 273-290.

    2012

    • Elchardus, M., & de Keere, K. (2012). Social control and institutional trust: Reconsidering the effect of modernity on social malaise. The Social Science Journal, 50(1), 101-111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2012.10.004
    • de Keere, K., & Elchardus, M. (2012). Persoonlijk geluk en maatschappelijke verzuring. Een analyse naar de effecten van modernisering op de publieke en private evaluatie. In M. Elchardus, & I. Glorieux (Eds.), Voorspelbaar Uniek Leuven: LannooCampus.

    2011

    • de Keere, K., & Elchardus, M. (2011). Narrating linguistic conflict: a storytelling analysis of the language conflict in Belgium. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 3(32), 211-234.

    2010

    • Elchardus, M., & de Keere, K. (2010). Institutionalizing the new self. A comparative analysis. European Societies, 12(5), 743-764. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616696.2010.514351
    • de Keere, K. (2010). Wantrouwen in wetenschap: een kwestie van reflexiviteit of maatschappelijk onbehagen? Sociologie, 6(1), 26-45.

    2011

    • de Keere, K., Elchardus, M., & Servais, O. (2011). Un Pays/Deux Langues. La Belgique au quotidien. Leuven: LannooCampus.
    • de Keere, K., Elchardus, M., & Servais, O. (2011). Één Land/Twee Talen. België uit het leven gegrepen. Leuven: LannooCampus.

    2018

    • De Keere, K., & Swyngedouw, E. (2018). Wie is welkom in de creatieve stad? Sociologos, 39(3), 203-209. [details]
    • De Keere, K., & Swyngedouw, E. (Eds.) (2018). Wie is welkom in de creatieve stad? Sociologos, 39(3), 203-347. [details]

    2017

    • De Keere, K. (2017). Searching for the moral field: homology between class and morality. Paper presented at ESA Conference, Athens, Greece.
    • De Keere, K. (2017). The moral field? A homology between class and moral thought styles.. Paper presented at Michèle Lamont workshop, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2016

    • De Keere, K. (2016). 'Prophets in the pay of state’: a historical analysis of the transformation of teachers’ pedagogical discourse.. Paper presented at Annual BSA Conference 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    • De Keere, K., & Flemmen, M. (2016). Political distinction and the space of social classes: comparing Norway and Flanders. Paper presented at BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom.

    Award

    • De Keere, K. (2017). Hiring on taste: revealing the hidden power of cultural capital within occupational recruitment procedures (NWO-Veni Grant).

    Journal editor

    • De Keere, K. (member of editorial board) (2015-2018). Sociologos (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • De Keere, K. (invited speaker) (30-10-2017). Morality and Social Class.
    • De Keere, K. (invited speaker) (21-10-2017). Between fatalism and populism: a homology between class, morality and politics, Populism conference: between resentment and resistance, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • De Keere, K. (speaker) & Achterberg, P. (speaker) (9-6-2016). Science to the people: What about class?, Dag van de Sociologie, Tilburg, Netherlands.
    • De Keere, K. (speaker) (2016). 'Prophets in the pay of state’: a historical analysis of the transformation of teachers’ pedagogical discourse., Annual BSA Conference 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    • De Keere, K. (invited speaker) (2016). Science to the people: What about class?, dag van de sociologie 2016, Tilburg.
    • De Keere, K. (speaker) (2016). Political distinction: search for a structural similarity between politics and class, sociology seminar, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
    • De Keere, K. (speaker), Flemmen, M. (speaker), Spruyt, B. (speaker) & Vandebroeck, D. (speaker) (2016). Political distinction and the space of social classes: comparing Norway and Flanders, BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom.

    Others

    • De Keere, K. (organiser) & Bracke, S. A. E. (organiser) (23-11-2017). Getting Respect in The Netherlands: between redistribution and respect, Amsterdam, Netherlands. University of Amsterdam/ AISSR and Erasmus Prize Foundation (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • De Keere, K. (organiser), Weenink, D. (organiser), Velthuis, O. J. M. (organiser) & van Venrooij, A. T. (organiser) (19-6-2017 - 20-6-2017). Cultural Sociology Lowlands, 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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