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
Maddy Janssens and Dino Pinelli This book, The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity, brings together a series of contributions from different disciplines and in different cultural settings with the aim of increasing our understanding of the functioning of cultural diversity. It represents the insights of more than 30 scholars around Europe and beyond, having studied cultural diversity extensively in their own university or institution as well as exchanged their research results and knowledge in the SUS.DIV network of excellence over a period of five years. It is the strong belief of the SUS.DIV Network of Excellence that, as emphasized in Chapter 1, no single discipline or perspective can explain sustainable diversity in a comprehensive way. At the same time, though, this book is neither presenting nor striving for a framework representing all important dimensions and processes of sustainable diversity. Such a framework would imply assimilation of the different disciplinary perspectives into one overarching way of thinking, which would imply a loss of the variety and specificity of each discipline as well as of the cultural setting of the study. Rather, this collection of chapters has the aim of advancing knowledge in the area of diversity and sustainability through presenting different insights in such a way that it allows further comparing, contrasting and combining. As a reader, you will encounter a variety of studies which are connected by two central questions: 1) how does cultural diversity contribute (or not) to central notions of sustainability such as human welfare, development, social cohesion, or...