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The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity

The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity

Nations, Cities and Organizations

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Edited by Maddy Janssens, Myriam Bechtoldt, Arie de Ruijter, Dino Pinello, Giovanni Prarolo and Vanja M.K. Stenius

This engaging book addresses the question of how diverse communities, whether in a nation, city or organization, can live together and prosper whilst retaining and enjoying their cultural differences. This is a particularly pertinent issue in the context of the modern world where mass migration and immigration are pervasive global phenomena.

Foreword and Acknowledgements

Edited by Maddy Janssens, Myriam Bechtoldt, Arie de Ruijter, Dino Pinello, Giovanni Prarolo and Vanja M.K. Stenius

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, development studies, migration, geography, cities, human geography, social policy and sociology, economics of social policy, migration, urban and regional studies, cities, migration, urban studies

Extract

The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity is the result of an EU Network of Excellence on ‘Sustainable Development in a Diverse World’ in which throughout a period of five years more than 30 partners from all around Europe and beyond have exchanged their ideas and insights on cultural diversity and its relationship with sustainability. The network strongly subscribed to article 3 of The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (UNESCO, 2001) which states that cultural diversity is one of the roots of development understood not simply in terms of economic growth, but also as a means to achieve a more satisfactory intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence. As a Network of Excellence, our activities were oriented towards gaining new insights and advancing our knowledge through engaging in a dialogue with partners from different scientific disciplines (anthropology, architecture, arts, economics, history, linguistics, organization studies, public planning, psychology, urban planning) and multiple cultural backgrounds. This book found its momentum during our second General Assembly in Athens in which all network partners presented their work on what cultural diversity may bring to a nation, city or organization and/or how its governance leads to certain outcomes such as (lack of) social cohesion, conflict, creativity, increased wages or linguistic variety. Through an open call for chapters to all partners, 38 scholars started to work, either independently or collaboratively, expressing their insights on diversity and its relationship with the main notions of sustainability. The result is 16 chapters, all aiming to further increase our understanding of the value...