Urban Studies lecture by Professor Sharon Zukin, Amsterdam, 5 April 2011


How Dutch Is It? Aesthetics, Ownership and Identity on an Amsterdam Shopping Street

Tuesday, 5 April 2011, 15:00 – 17:00 hrs.

“How Dutch Is It? Aesthetics, Ownership and Identity on an Amsterdam Shopping Street”

Expanding her recent work on “authenticity,” gentrification and redevelopment in New York, Sharon Zukin turns an inquiring but critical eye on Utrechtsestraat, an upscale shopping street in Amsterdam’s Grachtengordel. Though this street represents a “high end” of globalization, it also reproduces a local experience of what we could call “Dutch” identity. How does an urban space, in this case a shopping street, create identity? How do various actors–shopkeepers, building owners, street association, neighbors, customers–engage in processes of social construction? And what, in an era of social diversity and multiculturalism, is “Dutch” identity all about?

The talk is a first presentation of work in progress. For more on authenticity, see Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Prof. Sharon Zukin
Sharon Zukin
About Professor Sharon Zukin

Professor Sharon Zukin – currently our Urban Studies Visiting Professor – is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University Graduate Center; author of books on cities, culture, and consumer culture; researcher on urban, cultural, and economic change.

Areas of Expertise:
Consumer society and consumer culture–especially shopping
Urban change–gentrification, arts and economic development, ethnic diversity.

Bushuis/ Oost Indisch Huis
Kloveniersburgwal 48
1012 CX Amsterdam
Room: VOC-zaal (E0.02)