May 07, 2022
In Travel Forum
In February 2022 , Statistics Netherlands announced Industry Email List that they will no longer use the terms 'western' and 'non-western'. These terms are no longer correct. On the one hand, they are no longer geographically correct, because Japan is seen as Industry Email List western and Suriname as non-western. But as is also written by journalist Frederike Geer dink in a blog on One World , you use these terms to describe the Western world as the center of the world. Everyone Industry Email List who is not from here is different and does not belong. Leo Lucassen, professor of social history, describes it Industry Email List as follows: It is always about a binary opposition between 'good' and 'bad', 'primitive' and 'educated', 'their values' and 'our values', with which you quickly end up in racist and ethnocentric Industry Email List quicksand. For the same reason, we no longer use the words 'allochtoon' and 'native'. We simply call a citizen of Industry Email List our country a 'Dutchman'. If it is functional for the text to mention someone's dual nationality, we do this by, for example, writing 'Spanish Dutchman'. Pioneering position for communication consultants We are of course not finished with all these examples. A great tip is to consult style guides or handbooks Industry Email List while writing a text. For example, Code Diversity & Inclusion (pdf) and Het Tropenmuseum (pdf) have extensive guides that make your text a lot more inclusive. Language is in flux and ultimately language Industry Email List falls and stands at the mercy of the user who determines which words make it to our paper. It is good to be aware of the influence that language has on culture and vice versa. Sometimes using or avoiding a Industry Email List certain word can feel like an exaggeration for one person, while the other finally feels heard. Word usage simply has the potential to influence public opinion – consciously or not. As writers, we have a great responsibility in this.