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New York and AmsterdamImmigration and the New Urban Landscape$
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Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738092

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.001.0001

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Immigrant Youths’ Contribution to Urban Culture in Amsterdam

Immigrant Youths’ Contribution to Urban Culture in Amsterdam

(p.287) 10 Immigrant Youths’ Contribution to Urban Culture in Amsterdam
New York and Amsterdam

Christine Delhaye

Sawitri Saharso

Victor van de Ven

NYU Press

This chapter examines the complex and varied ways that the children of migrants have influenced Amsterdam's urban public culture. It deals with “culture” on three levels: everyday youth culture, mass popular culture, and the arts that are recognized and supported by the more highly educated sectors of society, often referred to as “high culture.” The chapter considers the cultural interconnectedness that has developed at the three different levels out of the interactions among Amsterdam's varied ethnic groups, including the long-established native-born Dutch. It shows that in everyday youth culture, it is primarily in street culture that the processes of interconnection have taken place. In mass popular culture, hybrid eclecticism in cultural production, both among performers and the audience, is observed. In the domain of “high arts,” cultural production and dissemination have been heavily influenced by cultural policy on the national as well as municipal levels.

Keywords:   immigrants, children, Amsterdam, urban public culture, youth culture, popular culture, high culture, cultural policy

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