On this website, cultural sociologists of Erasmus University Rotterdam explore, analyze, and report on Dutch culture wars as part of a four-year research project. This project asks why the less educated distrust politicians and judges more than the more educated. In answering this question the project develops a novel theory and method to uncover the role of colliding lifestyles and attitudes, and thus to examine whether the education gap in trust in these professionals is part of a status-based cultural conflict.

About us

This website is created by Jeroen van der Waal, Willem de Koster, and Kjell Noordzij.

Much of prof.dr. Jeroen van der Waal’s research aims to explain why social stratification is linked to value orientations, voting behavior, and health disparities in Western societies. See www.jeroenvanderwaal.com for more information.

Dr. Willem de Koster’s research mainly addresses the genesis, manifestations, and consequences of cultural conflict in western countries. For more information, see www.willemdekoster.nl.

Kjell Noordzij's (MSc) research primarily focuses on the role of status as cultural capital in contemporary political conflicts.

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