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The social and cultural roots of nostalgia

  1. 1. The social and cultural roots of nostalgia Peter Achterberg www.peterachterberg.nl
  2. 2. Modern-day nostalgia
  3. 3. Some industrial nostalgia
  4. 4. Anton Zijderveld – King of institutional sociology
  5. 5. Modernization Functional differentiation and substantial generalization
  6. 6. The maladies of modernity
  7. 7. And what do you do then? How often do you long for a society in which % vaak / altijd Things are less complicated 33,0 Things are less hectic 40,7 People live in harmony with each other 62,1 People live in harmony with nature 47,4 People take each others feelings into consideration 62,5 It is easyier to become happy 39,5
  8. 8. Maladies and nostalgia… 6.4 6.6 6.8 7 7.2 7.4 7.6 7.8 Non anomic medium Anomic Nostalgia 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Little alienation medium Alienated Nostalgia
  9. 9. Post-Christelijk onbehagen? • Detraditionalisation / secularization… • …Is a blessing: Freedom, prosperity, progress (Featherstone, 1995: 217-8; all work done by Ronald Inglehart) • …Is a tragedy: Moral void (Sztompka, 2002), social conflict (Etzioni, 2001) • However: It all depends (as always)! • De Koster et al. (2011): Higher and Lower educated differ in their reactions
  10. 10. Testing educational conflicts… Nostalgia explained B (s.e.) Constant 7,39*** (,24) Education -,19*** (,05) Religious embeddedness -,27 (,18) EDX RELEMB ,15* (,07) Income -,12*** (,04) Age ,01*** (,00) Female ,14** (,06) R2 ,10 N 1.755 Bron: Achterberg & Houtman, 2013: N=1.380
  11. 11. The future of the past…
  12. 12. Electorates and nostalgia • Achterberg & Peper (2019)
  13. 13. In short • Nostalgia – • Who does not want that? • Modernity induced problems • Anomia and alienation • Educational conflicts in detraditionalized contexts • The future of the cultural past

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