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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

For most cultural activists, the words ‘culture and conflict’ would probably mean the ways in which artistic creativity and ‘cultural heritage’ provide tools to prevent or resolve emerging socioeconomic tensions as well as violent conflicts and heal their consequences. For others, the binomial could refer to the ways in which inherited meanings and practices – often performative – can be used to transmit or inculcate ‘modern’ or reconciliatory values, particularly in so-called ‘traditional’ societies, when cultural differences have become conflictual. Both perceptions are typical of the contemporary urge to use' culture', not only as a value or an end in itself, but also as a contributor to social ‘goods’-which could include economic growth, social cohesion, citizenship, or social cohesion in addition to post-conflict reconciliation. This ...

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