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 Globalization and Cultures : what is at stake ?

Globalisation has a strong cultural dimension since it brings together in an unprecedented way the values, ideas, lifestyles, and views of the world whose differences appear the more important as they become commonly perceptible. It changes the representations of the world. Global media open new symbolic areas that do not always correspond to the traditional local-national-international borders. Relations between societies develop in space lest constrained by territorial frontiers. Power is now tied to the ability to manipulate symbols in the mediatised global space. Geocultural areas do not necessarily coincide with the Nation-State's borders and they acquire a strategical dimension. How to define and deal with geocultural issues along with geopolitic and geoeconomic affairs ?

Theme Editor : Jean Tardif   

» Introductory Note by Jean Tardif


List of the topics of discussion : Globalization and Cultures : what is at stake ?
From "cultural exceptionalism" to cultural pluralism
Brief reflexions on culture
About Globalization and Cultures...
Islamic views on globalization
About Dialogue among cultures

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About Dialogue among cultures

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Because the present world affords no scope for authenticity in isolation or security through rigid boundaries, Muslims and Westerners need to experience themselves "in relationship" rather than "out of relationship." Dialogue as a tool... Summary and Questions »
Individuals on both sides of the cultural divide have much to gain from moving beyond preoccupation with tired images, symbols, and postures, and toward genuine openness to a new experience of the Other. Narrow attachment to preconceived images... Read Gerd JUNNE's paper »
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Islamic views on globalization

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There is no dialogue possible without trying to understand the Other's point of view. Louis Baeck introduces an analysis of various Islamic views on globalization and on Western world. This effort of understanding... Summary and Questions »
The various geopolitical configurations of the world each produce a dominant discourse. During the period of ideological rivalry between the two superpowers, the choice was between westernization or, alternatively, sovietization... Read Louis BAECK's paper »

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About Globalization and Cultures...

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How, on which criterions and by whom " global questions " can be defined? What are the consequences of the western domination of the global media ? How to re-think of policy without making the State an indistinct actor among others? ... Summary and Questions »
Globalization arises with greater intensity nowadays for two fundamental reasons: on one hand, because of the increasing consciousness, at least in certain enlightened circles, of global interdependences; on the other hand, because of the hegemony of the West...
Read Sophia MAPPA's paper »

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Brief reflexions on culture

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In Milan Kundera's essay, "The Challenges of Czech Literature", the author asks himself whether a small nation can create its own culture. Kundera reminds us that the renaissance of the Czech culture took place as Goethe was developing his famous concept of world literature. "A great nation, Kundera wrote (in French), can hardly resist to the temptation of considering its own way of life as being superior... On the contrary, a small nation cannot ...
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The terms identity and crisis raise two fundamental issues associated with the contemporary world. Identity is always defined in relation to culture if, by culture, we mean the processes of thought and action, creation and tradition, form and possibilities, reality and perspective of a specific human community. A crisis can... Read Alejandro Serrano CALDERA's paper »

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From "cultural exceptionalism" to cultural pluralism

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How are we prepared to understand other cultures ? Are we ready to understand and accept not only the growing economic importance of culture but, more significantly, the different conceptions of its function in social life, and therefore its place in the political world ?
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There is no such thing as a closed culture. Cultures grow and change from constantly changing interactions. Does "cultural dialogue" involve anything more than putting a positive spin on this multiplicity of difficult-to-understand interactions? Read Jean TARDIF's introductory paper »

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Globalisation and Cultures : what is at stake ?

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How to manage relations between societies and cultures with due respect for the different ways of living modernity ? How to fully recognize that the need for identity (a cultural dimension) is one of the springs of globalisation ? Summary ans Questions »
Not everything is nor will everything be globalized. Globalization does nonetheless constitute the structuring process for key sectors of contemporary activity, constraining us to rethink the relationships between territory and security - its geopolitical stakes - and between territories and economies - its geoeconomic stakes. Read Jean TARDIF's introductory paper »

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