Squatting became illegal in the Netherlands on 1 October 2010. The paper examines the dynamics involved. Theoretically drawing on debates about culture wars, revanchism, moral panics and the creative city, it is based on participant observation in squatter meetings, debates with politicians, a parliament hearing, lobbying meetings and various informal encounters, on a survey and on a collection of documents. A key mechanism that the paper explores is the following. Strategies of resistance that seem more or less manageable in the local context of a creative city can, when they backfire, cause a moral panic on the national level. This provides ammunition for revanchist politicians.

doi.org/10.1177/0042098012460732, hdl.handle.net/1765/39923
Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies
Department of Sociology

Pruijt, H.D. (2013). Culture Wars, Revanchism, Moral Panics and the Creative City. A Reconstruction of a Decline of Tolerant Public Policy: The Case of Dutch Anti-squatting Legislation. Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, 50(6), 1114–1129. doi:10.1177/0042098012460732