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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
Yudhishthir RajIsar and Helmut K.Anheier

Behind the concern for ‘culture’ that is increasingly evoked in contemporary public debate lurks the specter of conflict: the cultural dimensions of conflict on the one hand, and the conflictual dimensions of culture on the other. The duality inherent in this concern is, however, not always overtly stated. Yet, like so many other phenomena that characterize or are generated by globalization, conflict-culture relationships are inadequately analyzed and little understood. Hence they are easily politicized by ideologues of many different types and persuasions. This applies in particular to the question of cultural identities, both individual and collective, and their forms of expression, maintenance, representation, recognition, and renewal.

What exactly do we mean by ‘conflict’? At one level, we mean the tensions between ...

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