The Antidote to Disaffection. Social Cohesion in Flanders
(Bart Dirks) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 14-27
What has gone so wrong in a country that it takes a TV programme to bring warmth and solidarity to villages and towns? 'Fata Morgana' is certainly not the only initiative dreamed up by those on high to strengthen social cohesion in Flanders. And maybe the wonder of Flanders is exactly the fact that above all so many great socio-cultural associations have survived the ravages of time. But there you have the hidden paradox of the changing, but still flourishing life of Flemish clubs and associations: on the one hand it can open people's eyes to the rest of society and to the world, while on the other it inevitably makes the Fleming a bit too much of a homebody.
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