To whom do national days matter? A comparison of national belonging across generations and ethnic groups in the Netherlands
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SourceEthnic and Racial Studies, 38, 12, (2015), pp. 2037-2054
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Ethnic and Racial Studies
SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
This paper studies to what extent participating in days for national commemoration and celebration is associated with feelings of national belonging, and to what extent this is comparable across generations and ethnic groups. Utilizing data from a national survey (N = 4,505), three major national days in the Netherlands are examined. We find that whereas participation in Queen's Day is associated with national belonging for all generations, for Remembrance Day this holds only for the generation born between 1945 and 1955, and for Liberation Day for the generations born after 1955. Moreover, for citizens with a non-Western origin, participating in national days is associated with national belonging more strongly than for citizens with a native Dutch or other Western background. These findings highlight the importance of paying attention to potential group differences in the association between participation in national days and feelings of national belonging.
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