Public folklore and the construction of a regional identity in newly reclaimed Dutch polders, in: Reframing Dutch Culture

Albert van der Zeijden

In this article I have sought to show how ‘public folklore’ functioned in the development of a new sense of solidarity in the reclaimed Noordoostpolder in the first decades after the Second World War. The Noordoostpolder was once conceived as a test plot for what the new Netherlands could become. From this article it emerges that the Noordoostpolder was also a test plot for what was later to be termed public folklore, a cultural politics in which the government and applied ethnologists contributed to a process of shaping a community.

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