In recent years, Dutch society has undergone radical transformations, due to complex political, social and ethnic developments. This book provides an interdisciplinary analysis of these changes at different levels, also relating them to wider European and global transformation processes. First of all, examining the formations of Dutch identity, it then discusses topical issues such as Turkish immigrants, ethnic tensions, and the transformations in religion, dress and national tradition. It also highlights the contribution of Dutch ethnology to the international debate. Overall, it provides a fascinating and insightful view on modern Dutch society.
'This absorbing account of contemporary Dutch culture makes an important and original contribution to current debates over cultural heritage and national identity. It should appeal to readers in a variety of countries and disciplines.'
About the Authors
Dr Peter Jan Margry, Senior Research Fellow in religious Culture at the Department of Dutch Ethnology of the Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands and Dr Herman Roodenburg, Head of Department of Dutch Ethnology at the Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands and Professor of Cultural History at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium