R. (Roy) Kemmers MSc.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Roy Kemmers (1980) is Lecturer in Sociology at Erasmus University College and a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at Erasmus University Rottedam.

As a cultural sociologist I am interested in processes of cultural change, as manifested in the (changing) meanings that are attributed to such topics as politics, religion, identity, gender and ethnicity.

In my PhD project I study contemporary popular discontents about politics by taking a cultural sociological perspective. With this project I aim to develop a theory about political discontents that emphasizes the importance of ordinary people’s own definitions of the situations they find themselves (and society) in.

In different parts of my dissertation I analyse 1) the different types of political discontents that can be found in the letters to the editor of Dutch popular newspaper De Telegraaf, 2) the socialization of discontented citizens into (what I refer to as) their ‘anti-establishment careers’, and 3) the differences between populist party voters and nonvoters in their subjective abilities to perform meaningfully in politics.

Through these efforts, I engage theory on populism, political distrust, participation and deviance. Taken together, these different analyses inspire a problematisation of the exclusive focus on the institutional-political domain of many relevant theories.

I am a co-editor for the full-colour Dutch quarterly Sociologie Magazine and I take part in an EU-wide think tank of early stage researchers on populist political communication (COST Action IS1308).

  • S.R.J.M. van Bohemen, R. Kemmers & W. de Koster (2011). Secular Intolerance in a Post-Christian Society: The Case of Islam in the Netherlands. In D. Houtman, S. Aupers & W. de Koster (Eds.), Paradoxes of Individualization: Social Control, Social Exclusion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Modernity (pp. 141-155). Aldershot: Ashgate
  • R. Kemmers (2017). Generieke diversiteit. Sociologie magazine , 25.
  • R. Kemmers (2017). Voorbij de ruïnes van Detroit. Sociologie magazine , 12-14.
  • R. Kemmers (2016). Ongelijk samen slapen. Sociologie magazine , 25.
  • R. Kemmers (2015). Keuzes in een spagaat. Sociologie Magazine , 15-15.
  • R. Kemmers (2015). Generatie kapsalon (lemma). Sociologie Magazine, 2 , 18-19.
  • R. Kemmers (2015). Onder de gordel. Sociologie Magazine , 20-20.
  • R. Kemmers (2015). Een bruin groen blazoen. Sociologie Magazine , 15-15.
  • R. Kemmers (2017). De Groundhop: Punk Football in Manchester. (blog). De Staantribune. (available: 9 Mar 2017).
  • R. Kemmers (2017, januari 6). Identity and the self in Sociology - Guest lecture. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Man & Society course @EUC.
  • R. Kemmers (2016, september 10). Channeling Discontent? Nonvoters, Populist Party Voters and their Affective Political Agency. Prague, Czech Republic, General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research.
  • R. Kemmers (2013, mei 28). Understanding anti-establishment discourse among Dutch citizens. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Dag van de Sociologie.
  • R. Kemmers (2013, augustus 31). Becoming Politically Discontented: How Dutch Nonvoters and PVV- voters Have Come to Reject Established Politics. Uppsala University, Sweden, Fourth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (EU SSSI).
  • R. Kemmers, S. Aupers, D. Houtman & J. van der Waal (2012). Popular Discontents about Dutch Government A Typology based on Letters to the Editor of de Telegraaf, 1950-1959 and 2000-2009. Dag van de Sociologie: Utrecht (2012, mei 23).
  • R. Kemmers, W. de Koster, T. Antonio, G. Vegter & L. van der Vorst (2007). Economische belangen en repressie van fraude. Dag van de Sociologie: Rotterdam (2007, mei 31).

Editorial positions

  • Sociologie Magazine



Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T15-54
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam