The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity


The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity

Nations, Cities and Organizations

9781849802895 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Maddy Janssens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Myriam Bechtoldt, EBS Universität, Germany, Arie de Ruijter, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Dino Pinelli, formerly Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy, Giovanni Prarolo, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and University of Bologna, Italy and Vanja M.K. Stenius, Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali, Italy
Publication Date: November 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84980 289 5 Extent: 384 pp
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.

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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.

This volume brings together a series of contributors from various disciplines and cultural settings to address two central questions:

• how does cultural diversity contribute to or hamper central notions of sustainability such as human welfare, social cohesion or socio-economic development?
• how can cultural diversity unfold in a positive way through particular forms of interactions, processes and structures?

The authors offer a conceptual discussion on the meaning and operationalization of sustainability within various contexts and settings. They provide concrete examples of the contribution of sustainable diversity to prosperous nations, communities and companies, but also identify a number of tensions which may undermine this positive potential. They highlight recognition, empowerment and inclusion as the three fundamental pillars on which policies should be built in order to create the necessary trust and legitimacy that provide the foundations for truly sustainable diversity

Combining extensive theory and practice, this unique volume will be required reading for post-graduate students and researchers in a wide range of subjects connected to cultural diversity such as economics, sociology, anthropology, public policy and organization studies.
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‘In the global context of mass migration, this book is a timely and valuable contribution to urban policy and organization studies. . . Recommended’
– D.A. Chekki, Choice

‘This is a very useful book on a very important subject. The preservation of the rich and diverse body of cultures that history and continued diversity provide is of great significance for humanity and the welfare of society. The failure to appreciate, and even to hate other cultures, is surely a threat to world peace and civilization. I particularly value the chapters that focus on policy and provide evidence indicating what policy approaches are effective and which are not.’
– William J. Baumol, New York University and Princeton University, US
Contributors: T. Baycan-Levent, M. Bechtoldt, E. Bellini, J.J. Betancur, A. Bitušíková, P.J. Bowman, F. Chiapparino, I. Christova-Balkanska, T. Damvakeraki, A. de Ruijter, J.P. Deru, M. Dragićević Šešić, Y. Esmer, J.F. Galindo, R. Giulianelli, K. Hamde, M. Janssens, S. Küchler, R. Lo Conte, D. Luther, S.R. Mukherjee, A. Nilsson, P. Nijkamp, G.I.P. Ottaviano, E. Pichler, D. Pinelli, A.-M. Poels, G. Prarolo, P. Riganti, O. Rousseau, H. Siebers, L. Simić, M. Steinhardt, V. Stenius, L. Tsipouri, Z. Uherek, S. van Londen, N. Wåhlin, P. Zanoni



1. Sustainable Diversity
Selma van Londen and Arie de Ruijter

2. An Historical Perspective on Sustainable Diversity: Market and Nation as Catalysts of Diversity in Modern Europe (1800–1950)
Francesco Chiapparino and Roberto Giulianelli

3. Sustainable Diversity and Inequality: Race in the USA and Beyond
Phillip J. Bowman and John J. Betancur

4. The Republic Against Republicanism: The French Debate on Cultural Diversity (1983–2005)
Olivier Rousseau and S. Romi Mukherjee

5. Cultural Diversity in Bolivia: From Liberal Interculturalism to Indigenous Modernity
J. Fernando Galindo

6. Diversity in European Regions: Lessons from Germany
Elena Bellini, Iskra Christova-Balkanska, Tonia Damvakeraki,
Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano, Edith Pichler, Dino Pinelli, Giovanni
Prarolo, Max Steinhardt and Lena Tsipouri

7. Diversity and Tolerance: Rhetoric versus Reality
Yilmaz Esmer

8. Material Culture in the City: Consumption, Diversity and Sustainability in City Neighbourhoods
Susanne Küchler and Rossella Lo Conte

9. From Uniformity to Sustainable Diversity: Transformations of a Post-Socialist City
Alexandra Bitušíková and Daniel Luther

10. Cultural Diversity-Based Projects and their Effects on Sustainable Development
Milena Dragićević Šešić, Ljiljana Simić and Jean Pierre Deru

11. Cultural Capital, Local Identities and Ethnic Diversity: A Study of Amsterdam Cultural Tourism Trends
Patrizia Riganti

12. Migration in the Czech Republic: A Source of Social Diversity and Formation of New Social Networks in the Urban Environment
Zdenek Uherek

13. Towards Sustainable Diversity in Organizations: Lessons from Good Diversity Management Practices
Patrizia Zanoni, Angela Nilsson, Maddy Janssens and Nils Wåhlin

14. Managing Diversity Conceptually: Shifting Conceptualizations of Diversity in the Context of Immigrant Organizations in Sweden
Kiflemariam Hamde and Nils Wåhlin

15. Ethnicity and Sustainability in Organizations: Does Organizational Identification Matter?
Hans Siebers and Anne-Marie Poels

16. Migrant Entrepreneurship in a Diverse Europe: In Search of Sustainable Development
Tüzin Baycan-Levent and Peter Nijkamp

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