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Cultural and Cross-cultural Diversity in the Age of Globlization

Published in September 2001

This Proposal Paper shows the existing antagonism between globalization on the one hand and on other, cultural diversity and of the world. It presents the cultural pluralism of the cross-cultural dynamics, and then proposals articulated around setting up cross-cultural dialog.

After having shown the existing antagonism between globalization on the one hand and on the other hand the cultural diversity of the world, the document presents:

- the three levels of all cultures, based on values and beliefs; institutions; and specific everyday practices

- the three dimensions of all cultures in the divine; the human; and the cosmic.

Differentiating the cultural pluralism of cross-cultural dynamics, the author then draws up proposals articulated around setting up a cross-cultural dialog according to:

- different contexts, by analyzing the universal fundamental values as well as the different economic cultures, policies, therefore social, educational, ecological, and religious, on which this dialogue could rely;

- the different contexts, whether societies, states, or at the level of international relations, which must appropriate cultural diversity in order to institute this same dialog in order to succeed in achieving successful integration and a cooperation at all scales.


Coordinated by ...

- Agustí Nicolau-Coll

Agusti Nicolau-Coll was born in 1962 near to Barcelona, Catalonia. BA in Geography and History (University of Barcelona, 1988), MA in Geography (University of Québec at Montreal). In charge of the Cultures and Development Department at the Montreal Intercultural Institute from 1990 to 1995. Coordinator of the chapter of Intercultural Relations at the Centre for Social Innovation in Barcelona (1996-99). Founder and director of Intercultura - Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Catalonia (2000-03). He is author of many articles on cultural diversity and intercultural relations, in Catalan, French, Castilian and Portuguese. He is interested at the questions concerning the updating of traditional approaches as alternative solutions to the modernity. He is a traditional catholic, far from both progressist and conservative or integrist approaches.

Site - Institut Interculturel de Montréal



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Topics Included

culture . cross-cultural . cultural diversity . economic globalization . globalization . world

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