- Subject index
In Spaces of Culture an international group of scholars examines the implications of questions such as: What is culture? What is the relationship between social structure and culture in a globalized and networked world? Do critical perspectives still apply, or does the speed and complexity of cultural production demand new forms of analysis? They explore the key themes in social theory: the nation state; the city; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. The contributors go on to analyze the public sphere, questioning the reductive representation of technology as a form of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture. This analys
Chapter 11: Transculturality: The Puzzling form of Cultures Today
Transculturality: The Puzzling form of Cultures Today
When we think of the world's future, we always mean the destination it will reach if it keeps going in the direction we can see it going in now; it does not occur to us that its path is not a straight line but a curve, constantly changing direction.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, 1929: 3)
In the following I want to present a concept of culture which, I think, is appropriate to most cultures today: the concept of transculturality.1 I will contrast it with three other concepts: first, with the classical concept of single cultures, and then with the more recent concepts of interculturality and multiculturality. I believe the concept of transculturality to be ...