Visualizing societies: immigrant integration monitoring


This research is an ethnographic study of the measurements of immigrant integration by various institutions for social research, statistical agencies and social scientific networks in Western Europe. Through particular practices resulting in reports and (graphic) images they render visible the condition of a national population and society. The outcomes subsequently feed into policy, public debate and the social imagination. The research focuses specifically on the production of the images and reports of immigrant integration and therefore is centered on the question of: how are images of national societies produced in the monitoring of immigrant integration? Moreover it investigates the relation between immigrant integration and the social imaginary of a nation (cf. Anderson 1991, Appadurai 1996, Schinkel 2011, Taylor 2004) to renew the understanding of the image of a national society.