Sense of Belonging

By Pia Miller-Aichholz




Vincent de Rooij is assistant-professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. He is also a member of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and has done research about the sense of belonging, especially focusing on how language influences our identity.

“We have a real problem of translating belonging to Dutch – what does it actually mean? … I think belonging can be multidimensional.”


For Mariano:
“Whenever I come back from a visit in Uruguay, I listen to a lot of Uruguayan music, really shitty music that my friends listen to. It reminds me a lot of home.”

For Dunja:
“I took polaroid pictures with my friends at the airport before I left. When I miss home, I look at them and other pictures I took with my friends.”

For Nikolaus:
“Cooking Austrian dishes helps a lot. I already made Wiener Schnitzel here once.”