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Title: Belgium: linguistic communalism, bureaucratisation and democratisation
Authors: Verhoeven, Jef
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Host Document: Universities, Politicians and Bureaucrats. Europe and the United States. edition:Paperback pages:125-171
Article number: 5
Abstract: When a wave of student agitation swept through the Western European universities in 1968 and 1969, Belgium did not escape. Fights with the police and the occupation of university buildings were familiar sights at some of the Belgian universities. Although this agitation had to a large extent the same objectives as in the neighbouring countries, namely the `democratisation of the universities', one element was different: in Louvain, the Flemish students supported and encouraged by the Flemish teachers protested against the presence of a French-speaking university in the Flemish town; they also opposed the amalgamation of the Flemish and Walloonian sections of the university under a single university govern-ment.
This chapter describes the situation of the Belgian universities during the student revolts in the 1960s, and the policy of the government, universities and students searching for a solution for the fierce opposition of students against the traditional university
ISBN: 9780521155151
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research

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