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Quotidian : Dutch Journal for the Study of Everyday Life
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ISSN (Print) 1879-534X
Published by Amsterdam University Press Homepage  [19 journals]
  • Zwarte Piet and Cultural Aphasia in the Netherlands1

    • Authors: John Helsloot
      Abstract: In recent articles American historian Ann Laura Stoler has introduced the concept of ‘aphasia’ for describing metaphorically the cultural ‘inability to recognize things in the world and assign proper names to them’, especially in matters relating to the colonial past in Western societies. Taking this concept as a lead, the author analyzes an incident in the Netherlands in November 2011, when two young black Dutchmen were arrested for wearing a T-shirt on which the phrase ‘Zwarte Piet is racism’ was printed. Zwarte Piet [Black Peter] is the imaginary character in blackface acting as the helper of Sinterklaas, the central figure in the Dutch ritual of gift-giving thas has its apex on 5 December. For some decades now, there has been a debate in the Netherlands as to the precise nature of this blackface. By and large the Dutch deny, as was again the case in the aftermath of this arrest, any relation to a portrayal in caricature of a black person, producing instead associations that are difficult to grasp. After presenting the arguments of opponents of Zwarte Piet that there is such a connection, termed racist, the author focuses on the performance context of Zwarte Piet’s presence, in order to try to understand why Dutchmen generally fail to make this connection. In an epilogue the author makes a plea for going beyond the mere conclusion that Zwarte Piet is contested. Sharing himself the protesters’ perception of Zwarte Piet being racist, in his view the metaphor of cultural aphasia obliges professional ethnologists to re-associate this connection as well, and to make this known to the general public.
  • Goeie Ouwe Gabbers: Listening to ‘Jewishness’ in Multicultural

    • Authors: Megan Raschig
      Abstract: This interview-based ethnography focuses on the Yiddish words ‘hidden’ and heard in the Amsterdam Dutch dialect and their everyday salience to certain speakers/listeners in the context of national integration politics. This population of primarily retired, secular or non-Jewish Dutch Amsterdammers pursues deep and sustained engagement with ‘Koosjer Nederlands’ based on feelings of attachment to the social and spatial traces of Amsterdam’s (largely lost) Jewish presence. The relationship between Jews and Amsterdammers in general is seen by them as a positive example of successful integration and is suggested as a model solution for current issues with Muslim groups in the Netherlands. Having the ‘sonic sensibility’ to listen to and recognize these borrowed Yiddish words, which most Dutch speakers already use, is conceptualised as a technology of social subjectivity in the generation of shared, inclusive Amsterdam identity. This research takes seriously the role of sound in these Amsterdammers’ daily lives to reveal an intersubjective layer of individual and civic experience that is both mysterious and mundane, a tangible aspect of what makes Amsterdam ‘Mokum’.
  • Pionieren in Poort: De culturele constructie van Almere

    • Authors: Demelza van der Maas
      Abstract: Museologist Simon Knell stated recently that museums are performative spaces in which identity is presented in the form of myths. The following article applies Knell’s approach to a recent museological project of museum ‘De Paviljoens’ in Almere (Netherlands): Pioneering in de Poort. It is shown how museological authority is used in the construction of a cultural identity in a place where it is not yet self-evident: a recent housing estate. Through the use of a performance combining history, culture and modern art an attempt is made in this recently reclaimed land to provide the polder city Almere and its inhabitants with a collective identity.
  • Symbolische bouwstenen voor identiteitsbesef' Het succes van
           Holland-symbolen op gebruiksvoorwerpen

    • Authors: Tessa Ver Loren van Themaat
      Abstract: This article addresses the current popularity of ‘Holland symbols’ depicted on everyday household objects in the Netherlands. Research shows that various shops have been selling household objects with typical Dutch motifs and traditional ‘Holland symbols’ since 2006. During the same period the Dutch identity has been a hot topic of debate in the media. This trend is described and subsequently the popularity of the objects is put in the context of social developments such as globalisation, Europeanisation, individualisation and multiculturalisation. These developments led to a collective need for expressing the Dutch identity, to which the trend of objects depicting ‘Holland-symbols’ catered. The popularity of these household objects can be interpreted in this context and considered as a form of banal neo-nationalism.
  • Discussieartikel : Sciencefictionfans in het historisch museum: Een
           pleidooi voor de omarming van een posttraditioneel gemeenschapsbegrip

    • Authors: Dorus Hoebink
      Abstract: For historical and city museums a refined and dedicated community policy has become a must. Many museums try to establish close relations with the communities they are said to represent, this through means of participation projects, crowd sourcing and inclusivity. Noble as these endeavors may be, in this paper Dorus Hoebink observes that most museums still exercise a rather traditional concept of community, fixated on stable notions of place, ethnicity and religion. In order to cope with the complex structure of modern Western society, he proposes that museums should embrace a more posttraditional, fluid concept of community.
  • Reactie 1: De communities van Amsterdam

    • Authors: Annemarie de Wildt
  • Reactie 2 : Van materieel naar immaterieel erfgoed: een pleidooi voor een
           ‘actief’ communitybegrip

    • Authors: Albert van der Zeijden
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, UK
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