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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.

The West versus the Arab World: Deconstructing the Divide
The west versus the Arab world: Deconstructing the divide

The main geo-political and historical roots of the sense of divide existing between the Arab world and the West do not originate in any kind of clash of religious and cultural differences of an essential nature, but come rather from the different historical traumas suffered by Europe and the Arab world, both in their own specific history and in their thorny historical relations. Any attempt to reduce tensions should first recognize these different traumas. Too often in the media and the academic world different religious arguments are advocated to analyze purely political issues. It is only by recognizing the complex historical plight suffered by both groups that hostility ...

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