Belonging through Languagecultural Practices in the Periphery. The Politics of Carnival in the Dutch Province of Limburg.

L.M.E.A. Cornips*, V. de Rooij

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In this article, we will present two case studies of language and cultural practices that are part of or strongly related to carnival, in the Dutch peripheral province of Limburg, and more precisely in the southern Limburgian city of Heerlen, which in turn is considered peripheral vis-a- vis the provincial capital Maastricht. We will consider carnival as a political force field in which opposing language and cultural practices are involved in the production of belonging as an official, public-oriented 'formal structure' of membership, and belonging as a personal, intimate feeling of being 'at home' in a place (placebelongingness) (Antonsich 2010; Yuval-Davis 2006). In the case studies presented here, we take seriously the idea that ideology, linguistic form and the situated use of language are dialectically related (Silverstein 1985). In doing so, we wish to transcend disciplinary boundaries between anthropology and (socio) linguistics in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-101
Number of pages19
JournalAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Limburg
  • belonging
  • carnival
  • dialect
  • languageculture
  • parody
  • periphery

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