• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.


This first section presents cross-cutting approaches that address basic questions about the ‘whys and hows’ of tensions and conflicts linked to cultural identity and belonging as well as to forms of cultural expression. The six contributors share the conviction that cultural conflicts are not natural but constructed, not necessarily cultural in their origins but often sited at the intersection between political and economic interests and the universes of ideas, values, meanings, memories, representations. On the basis of empirical and interpretive observation or comparative data, they analyze the stances of different actors and institutions – the nation state, political elites, local communities, artists and arts institutions, or intellectuals – as stakeholders.

The ‘institutional’ approach in political science has long argued that cultural conflicts are induced first and ...

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