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Dwinegeri Multiculturalism And The Colonial Past (Or: The Cultural Borders Of Being Dutch)

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This chapter questions mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion regarding national identity, norms and values of Dutch pillarized-cum-colonial society of the first half of the twentieth century. The first part of this chapter indicates that in the history of the Colonial Museum some keys to investigate this process are found. The second part argues that the dominant historical discourse on Dutch colonialism has been an important aspect of the 'organic ideology' of nationalism which rests upon the formulation of a rule of exclusion. Multiculturalism, like pillarization should be lived on a Dutch stage, as part of a national identity within national borders. The third part of this chapter discusses that this focus on the 'Low Countries' as the nation is a recent phenomenon. According to his Dutch biographer Lambert Giebels, Soekarno used the same words of sini and sana which the poet Madeleine Gabeler choose in her verse about Dwinegeri.

Keywords: Colonial Museum; Dutch colonialism; Dwinegeri; multiculturalism



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