Individual, but not Egoistical. Social Cohesion in the Netherlands
(Tom Naegels) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 37-51
The Dutch fight against 'mindless violence': it's an echo of so many attempts to pinpoint a certain cultural uneasiness, the suspicion of social cooling, and to fight it. While mindless violence may be one of the most visible causes of a general social malaise, the solidarity hype is about more than that. Almost all social problems are attributed to a lack of human contact. Initiatives to promote cohesion are popping up like mushrooms in the Netherlands. And then there's the 'orange nationalism' and the big emotions.
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