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Title:The Obscuring of Working Class Heritage in the Province of Groningen, The Netherlands
Author(s):Burger, Garrett
Contributor(s):Deal, Brian M.
Subject(s):working class heritage
Netherlands’ National Monument Register
Dutch heritage policy
Abstract:Working class heritage, defined as the use of the material remains of working class life as a cultural, political, and economic resource in the present, has heretofore been obscured in the Province of Groningen, The Netherlands. But to what extent has this obscuration taken place? Who is responsible for it? And how has this occurred in the country where, according to Ashworth & Kuipers (2004), a greater percentage of the land area has been conserved for heritage purposes than anywhere else in the world? In order to answer these questions, scholarship on working class heritage is reviewed, Dutch heritage policy and The Netherlands’ National Monument Register are analyzed, and a typology of working class heritage and a set of indicators of its obscuration are developed and applied to sites of working class heritage in the province. Halting and reducing the obscuration of working class heritage in Groningen is imperative because has the potential to activate and inform ongoing labor struggles and help working class people build pride in a classist, postindustrial era.
Issue Date:2013
Series/Report:MUP Capstone
Sponsor:Network of European-United States Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS) Program
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-04

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