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The Netherlands is the first concise, authored introduction available on the topic. The Netherlands has been a key entrepot in the world capitalist system for centuries, but because of relatively recent demographic changes, it has become symbolic of the clash of European and Islamic cultures. Perhaps the most secular nation in the world, it now houses a very large Islamic population. That population is the fruit of globalization, and how the Dutch have responded to this broad cultural shift tells us a great deal about the changing nature of national identity in the age of globalization. In particular, Frank Lechner explains how globalization calls forth very particularistic and localist responses. Along with providing a broad overview of the contemporary Netherlands, Lechner will focus on how globalization is generating new discourses, cultures, and state policies. Among other topics, the book will feature chapters on soccer culture, religion (and the lack thereof), the media, the welfare state, multiculturalism, and the Netherlands place in the larger European Union.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415957502
ISBN-10: 0415957508
Format: Paperback
Pages: 366
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frank J. Lechner

Frank Lechner, who is Dutch, is Professor of Sociology at Emory University and co-editor of the bestselling Globalization Reader for Blackwell (among other things).

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