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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Introduction
Introduction

‘Conflict’ in the context of culture and globalization often takes the form of tensions and fault lines that crystallize or bring to the fore issues, patterns and processes that in other circumstances may have been far less visible or clear-cut. This section explores a range of such cases, many of which have been alluded to already, directly or indirectly in the preceding chapters.

The ‘clash of civilizations’, that seemingly ubiquitous, almost unavoidable trope, is a popular, perhaps even populist fault line, posited by Samuel Huntington to anticipate the impending conflict scenarios of a post-Cold War world. Even many who do not support this apocalyptic hypothesis, have unconsciously allowed this vision some discursive purchase. Recent world events, in particular 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003, ...

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