Father works, mother is housewife and children are seen but not heard. The
traditional picture of the Dutch family in the 1950s was one of the
cornerstones of post-war reconstruction. The family forms that emerged in
the following decades were not taken seriously by politicians or
scientists. Fortunately the tide has turned, according to Kees de Hoog.
Professor Kees de Hoog holds an endowed chair for the sociology of the
family and on Thursday 22 May he gave his inaugural lecture. In 2002 the
Dutch government under prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende introduced a
secretary of state for Emancipation and Family Affairs, but in the
coalition agreement of the newly elected government this position has
already been scrapped. De Hoog: “When I wrote my inaugural speech it looked
certain that the post would be introduced. I’ve sent an e-mail to the CDA
(Dutch Christian Democratic Alliance Party ed.), but I don’t know whether
that will make any difference.