Introduction As a second-generation survivor born in 1948, I have seen the changing importance of memorials and commemorations of the Holocaust in the Netherlands over time. I grew up in Vught as one of three children of Holocaust survivors
Holocaust Memory Memorials and the Visual Arts in the Netherlands
From Early Public Monuments to Contemporary Artists
Joël J. Cahen
Culture and Decolonization in the Dutch Caribbean, 1948–1975
In February 1948, Dutch intellectuals celebrated the creation of the Foundation for Cultural Cooperation between the Netherlands, Indonesia, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles (Stichting voor Culturele Samenwerking tussen Nederland, Indonesië
Commitment, Convergence, Alterity
Muslim-Christian Comparison and the Politics of Distinction in the Netherlands
Evangelical Christians and reformist Muslims constitute two of the most prominent religious groups in the Netherlands, as in much of Western Europe. While the public role of mainline Christian institutions and the degree of regular church
Anthropology in the Netherlands
Studying Social and Cultural Diversity in the South and the North
Han F. Vermeulen
Dutch anthropology is a rich field of studies of culture and society in Europe and beyond, with hundreds of participants, today and for the past two centuries.1 It is the result of a complex interaction between scholarly interests in distant peoples, several centuries of colonialism and international trade, and political decisions on the structuring of higher education and research in the Netherlands and its former colonies.2 To a large extent, this historical background has shaped the way research is organised and funded nowadays.
Het Spoorwegmuseum Utrecht, the Netherlands
God created the Earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands, albeit with only a limited role for the railway. Any railway museum in this country invented by and dependent on hydraulic engineering must creatively solve the problem of portraying a technology of mobility which was not central to the Waterstaat (hydro-engineering) identity and the nation’s sociotechnological construction, but one which initially was secondary and subsidiary and, above all, delayed. On the face of it, the story to be told here appears to be that of how, in a northwestern part of Europe where thorough industrialization was late to come, railway-based mobility established itself against the omnipresence of shipping and evolved from seaport-catering surface logistics into an integral element of everyday transportation in twentieth-century Netherlands. The Utrecht Spoorwegmuseum (railway museum) impressively shows that this is not even half the truth, behind which might be, at best, the grumbling resentment of an 1890 boatman.
State desertion and “out-of-procedure” asylum seekers in the Netherlands
,000 in the 2000s. More recently, in 2014, as a consequence of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea and the civil war in Syria, around 22,000 new asylum seekers applied for protection in the Netherlands. In 2015, the number of new applicants exceeded 40
Something Happened to the Future
Reconstructing Temporalities in Dutch Parliamentary Debate, 1814–2018
Joris van Eijnatten and Pim Huijnen
over time. 10 Our data consists of parliamentary debates in the Netherlands between 1814 and 2018. A multilingual analysis would be desirable in due course, but for our initial foray into this area we have stayed close to home, exclusively using Dutch
Models of Elderly Care in Japan and the Netherlands
Social Quality Perspectives
Rachel Kurian and Chihiro Uchiyama
This article argues that the social quality approach can be usefully applied to studying “models of elderly care“ that enhance the wellbeing of the elderly and empower them to participate in social activities. Examining three cases in Japan and another three cases in e Netherlands, the study identifies actors, institutions and processes that have provided services for the elderly, highlighting the importance of history and culture in influencing the “social“ of the elderly. The article deals with a range of opportunities and possibilities for optimizing care for the elderly, both as individuals and as a group, through promoting their social inclusion, social cohesion, socio-economic security and social empowerment. Grounded in community networks, as well as in social and intergenerational interaction, these “models“ demonstrate how care-givers, including nurses and family members, are also empowered in these processes. These discussions, reflecting empirical reality and conceptual insights, provide the basis of sustainable welfare policies that improve the social quality of the elderly.
Learning from a Contested Project in the Netherlands
The Clash over the Amelisweerd Forest, 1957–1982
Odette van de Riet and Bert Toussaint
The Amelisweerd case, a highly debated highway network expansion project from the late 1970s, has been widely portrayed as a symbolic mismatch between government and entrenched stakeholder opposition. The aim of this article is to learn from the case by unraveling the policy process using a multiactor policy analysis model. The result is that the policy process scores poorly on all the three applied criteria, and this has had a discernible negative effect on the level of stakeholder support for the policy proposals. Since then, major changes have taken place in the planning processes of infrastructural projects in the Netherlands. However, the potential for learning from Amelisweerd is much wider, as since the 1960s public projects are increasingly subject to public scrutiny and comment. Careful analysis from iconic cases like Amelisweerd can help current infrastructural policymakers and planning project managers as they develop fresh policies and projects.
Vegetables and Social Relations in Norway and the Netherlands
A Comparative Analysis of Urban Allotment Gardeners
Esther J. Veen and Sebastian Eiter
land. In this article we compare allotment gardening in two countries: two allotment gardens in Oslo, Norway, and one garden in Almere, the Netherlands. We study gardeners’ main motivations, and by comparing the effects gardens have on people’s diets