Here you find an overview of our publications (in Dutch and English) about Dutch culture wars in journals, columns, and newspapers.

Politiek onbehagen onder lager opgeleiden

Kjell Noordzij, Vivian VisserWillem de KosterJeroen van der Waal

Sociologie Magazine (September 2020)

Vaak wordt opgemerkt dat er in Nederland veel vertrouwen in de politiek is. Maar onder veel lager opgeleiden leeft juist wantrouwen. Diepgaande gesprekken bieden inzicht in deze kloof tussen burgers en politiek.

Photo: Sokin (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo: Bas van der Schot (Erasmus Magazine)

‘Even the milk you pour in your coffee is part of the culture war’

Willem de Koster

Erasmus Magazine (December 12, 2019)

How do you prevent a heated discussion with your uncle during Christmas dinner? Cultural sociologist Willem de Koster explains how you can safely navigate between the cliffs in these times of polarisation.

Lageropgeleiden die politici wantrouwen: verzet tegen culturele superioriteit?

Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen van der Waal & Willem de Koster

Sociale Vraagstukken (10 mei 2019)

Het wantrouwen in politici wordt niet enkel gevoed door wat politici vinden, maar ook door de culturele superioriteit die zij zichzelf met name volgens lageropgeleiden toedichten met hun progressieve culturele opvattingen.

Photo: Mike Andrews (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Educational Gradient in Trust in Politicians in the Netherlands: A Status-Based Cultural Conflict

Kjell Noordzij, Jeroen van der Waal & Willem de Koster

Peer-reviewed journal article in The Sociological Quarterly (April 3, 2019)


Much of the educational gradient in trust in politicians remains unexplained by prevailing theories on material resources and institutional knowledge. Our novel explanation theorizes that: in its relationship with trust in politicians, education is a status indicator; and the lower trust in politicians among the less educated reflects the latter’s opposition to the former’s status signaling. Analyses of representative Dutch survey data (n = 1,296) demonstrate that indicators of affinity with elite culture do indeed largely underlie the association between the level of education and trust in politicians. We discuss the relevance of our findings for debates on “culture wars.”