Special Issue "Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Pluralism"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2010).
Interests: religion and nature; cultural and traditional forms of development and sustainability; non-western forms of development; the globalization of standards of development and ecology; critical perspectives on sustainability; beliefs and ideologies of “environment” and their applications; cultural habits towards material culture; recycling and politics of pollution reduction
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In the 18th – 19th centuries, social sciences and especially Anthropology were born on the axiomatic conjecture that the human condition balanced between the unity of mankind (or “culture”) and the diversity of humanities (or “cultures”). One century and a half later, the knowledge on human “universal” features has overall expanded in conjunction with the awareness of the plurality of social and cultural forms in history. “Pluralism”, however, is possibly one of the major political matters and scholarly topics. Modernity and Globalization are indeed supposed to have increased the fragmentation of cultures on one side and increased the number of ethnic claims on the other side. Theoretically speaking, “culture” and “ethnicity” are far to be conceptual equivalents, although both are, to a certain extent, identity markers, shaped by political issues, historical conditions, ideological frameworks. This issue aims at bringing together a collection of research papers or conceptual essays exploring the vast array of theoretical and methodological questions addressed to the relationships between “cultural pluralism” and “ethnic diversity”, such as theoretical problems, political programs aiming at the recognition or on the contrary, the overlooking of human differences, national or regional perspectives on the characterization of the “ethnic”, qualitative and quantitative approaches of diversity (techniques, limits, prospects), contextualized strategic stances beneath ethnicity assignations and/or claims, (in) adequations between cultural and ethnic forms.
Prof. Dr. Lionel Obadia