Recently, the contestation surrounding ‘Black Pete’, the Dutch ‘Santa Claus’ black faced companion, has risen to new heights. The clash between opponents of the figure—deeming him a remnant from a sinister colonial past—and his supporters—to whom he is a vital part of their identity—has been so fierce that government found itself compelled to intervene. Political science and governance studies distinguish several strategies governments can use to mitigate cultural contestation. How has Dutch government gone about the Zwarte Piet controversy, and why?
|Title of host publication||Cultural Contestation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government|
|Editors||Jeroen Rodenberg, Pieter Wagenaar|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict|