In this article, the polarizing tendencies in Sint-Genesius-Rode are described, a municipality
with language facilities in the Flemish Periphery around Brussels. Through ethnographic
research based on a broad range of data, the processes are revealed that underlie
the differentiation between the Dutch and French-speaking members, who fall into different
language communities but live in the same village. The complex processes are given a
multifaceted view and tell us something about the local history of the Dutch-speaking people
which constructs a feeling of ownership of the territory. Language is hereby used to
defend the own culture and space and to denominate the differences that are being felt.