Dissertation Abstracts

Solidarity among adolescents: The role of national commemorations and celebrations in a multi-ethnic society

Author: Coopmans, Manja , M.Coopmans@uu.nl
Department: Sociology / ICS
University: Utrecht University, Netherlands
Supervisor: Prof dr. ir. Tanja van der Lippe; dr. Eva Jaspers; dr. Marcel Lubbers
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: national commemorations and ce , socialization , adolescents , ethnic background
Areas of Research: Stratification , Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations , Education


This PhD project is part of a larger research project titled 'Freedom and unfreedom across generations', initiated by the National Committee 4 and 5 May in the Netherlands. The main question of the research project is: how do different generations develop their attitudes and behaviors related to freedom, unfreedom and commemorating? The focus of the PhD project is on the extent to which younger generations participate in and think about national commemorations and celebrations, as well as potential predictors. For this, processes of socialization within the family are examined, but also the influence of friends and classmates, as well as the broader school context. In addition, the extent to which adolescents associate national commemorations and celebrations with feelings of solidarity and (national) belonging is investigated, and to what extent this depends upon someone's ethnic background.

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