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ERIC Number: EJ884282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Rural Youth Culture: "Keten" in the Netherlands
Haartsen, Tialda; Strijker, Dirk
Journal of Rural Studies, v26 n2 p163-172 Apr 2010
A remarkable present-day phenomenon in rural areas in the Netherlands is that young people, mostly males, often meet in small groups in self-built or at least self-fitted out sheds or caravans ("keten"). At first glance, these "keten" seem to be substitutes for more official entertainment sites in the relatively sparsely populated parts of the Dutch countryside, and male rural adolescents, especially, seem to use them as places to drink a lot of alcohol. The drinking image of "keten" has recently been strongly emphasized and perhaps exaggerated by the popular media. This study intends to find out whether this first impression is true, by examining other activities performed in and identities attached to "keten", primarily by using a quantitative approach. The paper shows that an important aspect of the "keten" culture is that "keten" provide their members with a place of their own, where they can do whatever they want without having to consider the rules of parents and other educators. The key differences between "keten" and other hang-outs are that "keten" are located in private space, relatively close to the parental gaze, and that they are almost exclusively accessible only to friends and acquaintances. (Contains 4 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands