Modernity and cultural citizenship in the Netherlands Indies: An illustrated hypothesis

H.G.C. Schulte Nordholt

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Abstract

Conventional historiography presumes a linear development from urbanisation, the rise of indigenous middle classes and the spread of modernity towards nationalism as the logical outcome of this process. This article aims to disconnect modernity from nationalism by focusing on the role of cultural citizens in the late colonial period for whom modernity was a desirable lifestyle. The extent to which their desires and the interests of the colonial regime coincided is illustrated by a variety of advertisements and school posters, which invited members of the indigenous urban middle class to become cultural citizens of the colony. © 2011 The National University of Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-457
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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