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Title: Neighbourhood-Reminiscence: Integrating Generations and Cultures in the Netherlands

Author (s):  Christina Mercken

Abstract:  Social cohesion is one of the key concepts of local social policy in the Netherlands, the basic assumption being that every neighbourhood needs a certain level of social cohesion in order to offer the residents a liveable community in which they feel comfortable and included. When working on social cohesion, special attention is paid to those groups who maintain little to no social contact or amongst whom tensions arise: different age groups and communities with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Netherlands Institute of Care and Welfare (NIZW) has developed a new method for promoting the integration of generations and cultures: neighbourhood-reminiscence. This method uses memories and stories of neighbourhood residents in order to promote exchanges, mutual understanding and respect between different age- and cultural-groups. Neighbourhood-reminiscence is community development, based on the local neighbourhood level, because the neighbourhood is where people live, where they meet each other and where tensions between citizens with different lifestyles and interests may erupt.

Category: Arts/Oral History/Culture

Keywords: Reminiscence, social cohesion, intergenerational, intercultural, community Development, social policy, oral history

Reference: Mercken, C. (2002). Neighbourhood-Reminiscence: Integrating Generations and Cultures in the Netherlands. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 1(1): 81-94.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J194v01n01_08#preview
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