Janny Bloembergen-Lukkes will receive the Professor van Winterprijs 2017 on November 9, 2017 for her book Paradoxale modernisering: Ede 1946-1996. Groot geworden, herkenbaar gebleven (Paradoxical modernization. Ede, 1945-1995: Grew big, remained recognizable)
The prestigious prize is 3500 euro. It is awarded every two years for the best book on local and regional history of the Netherlands.
Paradoxical modernization. Ede, 1945-1995: Grew big, remained recognizable (600 pp) is the commercial edition of the dissertation for which Janny Bloembergen-Lukkes received her doctarate in December 2014. Her supervisor was Prof. dr Pim Kooij (chairgroup Rural and environmental history); Anton Schuurman (same chair group) was her co-supervisor. In her book, Bloembergen analysed the margin and opportunities that exist on a local level to shape one’s own future. She researched the spatial, educational, leisure and migrant policies of the municipality of Ede for the period 1945-1995 against the background of the national history and the process of modernisation after WWII. She concluded that despite the creation of uniformity in the ongoing process of national integration and globalization, the paradox is that contradictory movements are possible that contribute to ensuring that the unique character of the area can be preserved.
The book is published by Uitgeverij Verloren and is available in every bookshop (EUR 49,-).