Ethnic Amsterdam

Immigrants and Urban Change in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Liza Nell and Jan Rath

Ethnic Amsterdam

Edited by Liza Nell and Jan Rath

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

214 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789089641687 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

For years people from all parts of the world have gravitated to the city of Amsterdam and, like elsewhere, their fate has been shaped by the economic, sociopolitical, and cultural environments of their new homes. But the essays in Ethnic Amsterdam argue that this exchange occurs both ways: while immigrants are changed by the customs, opportunities, and constraints of their new host country, they are at the same time leaving their ineradicable mark on the cities in which they settle. This fascinating volume explores how immigrants—in bringing with them religion, sports, language, food, and other aspects of their native countries—have transformed Amsterdam into a cosmopolitan city.

List of figures, tables and images

1. Am I Amsterdam? Immigrant integration and urban change
      Liza Nell and Jan Rath
2. Ethnic groups in Amsterdam’s public spaces
      Thaddeus Miller
3. Eating out ‘ethnic’ in Amsterdam from the 1920s to the present
      Anneke H. van Otterloo
4. Living Amsterdam: tangible homes behind Amsterdam’s facades
      Hilje van der Horst
5. Housing and population: spatial mobility in twentieth-century Amsterdam
      Hans van Amersfoot and Cees Cortie
6. Towards cultural diversity in Amsterdam’s arts
      Christine Delhaye
7. Multilingual Amsterdam
      Folkert Kuiken
8. Immigrant organisations in Amsterdam
      Floris Vermeulen and Anja van Heelsum
9. Houses of worship and the politics of space in Amsterdam
      Thijl  Sunier
10. The integration of migrants into the Amsterdam sport pattern
      Ruud Stokvis
11. Social boundaries in movement
      Liza Nell and Jan Rath

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Nancy Foner, Hunter College

“From language and food to housing and religion, Ethnic Amsterdam is full of wonderfully rich material and fascinating insights into how immigrants are creating a new and dynamic multiethnic Amsterdam. The book is an indispensable guide to understanding the far-reaching consequences of immigration in one of the world’s most diverse cities.”

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