Acting in a national play: Governmental roles during the Zwarte Piet contestation

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Abstract

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?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Contestation
Subtitle of host publicationHeritage, Identity and the Role of Government
EditorsJeroen Rodenberg, Pieter Wagenaar
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave McMillan
Chapter14
Pages283-314
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783319919140
ISBN (Print)9783319919133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

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