The book investigates Dutch pluralism in theory and practice, focusing especially on how a variety of Dutch religious, racial, and ethnic groups keep their subcultural distinctiveness, at the same time interacting on an equal basis with the larger Dutch society. It examines the historical basis of this developing pluralism, and locates Dutch attitudes of considerable tolerance and acceptance of mirities and mirity opinion in the major institutions - religious, political, ecomic, educational, and social. Comparisons and contrasts with other Western pluralist democracies are made. The book is particularly timely in presenting a comprehensive description and analysis of a consociational-pluralist model at a time when many East European and Third World societies are searching for more stable, democratic, pluralist alternatives.
The Author: Dr. Robert Tash completed his Masters and Ph.D. studies at the New School for Social Research. He also holds Masters degrees in Education (Columbia University) and English (St. Johns University). His undergraduate study was at St. Johns University and the University of Paris (Sorbonne). He has written a number of articles on Dutch themes. His doctoral thesis dealt with the problems surrounding religious and class stratification in the Netherlands. He is married to a Dutch native, two of his children were born in the Netherlands, and two are now attending Dutch universities. Dr. Tash is presently serving as Associate Professor of Sociology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.