Culture, Religion and Civilization in Selected UN Documents on Cultural Dialogue

Vacchiano, Francesco (2013). Culture, Religion and Civilization in Selected UN Documents on Cultural Dialogue. Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue (Policy Reports Series 01). UNU-GCM.

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    Author Vacchiano, Francesco
    Title Culture, Religion and Civilization in Selected UN Documents on Cultural Dialogue
    Series Title Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue (Policy Reports Series 01)
    Volume/Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Barcelona
    Publisher UNU-GCM
    Pages 10
    Language EN
    Abstract

    This report analyzes the various forms of interaction, conflation and distinction between the concepts of culture, tradition, civilization and religion in a selection of the principle documents produced on these topics within the UN community. Documents elaborated by UN General Assembly, UNESCO and UNAOC after 2001 are examined. The analysis shows that, although the concepts of “dialogue” and “alliance” are meant to counter contemporary representations of “Western” and “Islamic” societies as distant and incompatible wholes, the debate remains often conditioned by a static and a-historical view of cultural and religious traditions. Particularly, the frequent overlapping of terms such as ‘culture’, ‘religion’, ‘identity’ and ‘tradition’ and the use of the general notion of ‘civilization’ contribute to reproducing a view of culture and religion as closed entities, making the effort to overtake divisions harder.

    Keyword Migration
    Media and intercultural dialogue
    Copyright Holder UNU-GCM
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
    ISSN 23114690
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