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Globalization and Multicultural Societies

Globalization and Multicultural Societies

Some Views from Europe

Edited by Marina Ricciardelli, Sabine Urban, and Kostas Nanopoulos

This timely book offers a series of lively essays debating the topic of globalization—our increasingly integrated and interconnected world. Globalization and Multicultural Societies argues that the globalization process is a major catalyst in transforming contemporary society. Focusing primarily on Europe, this collection brings together writings by renowned intellectual, cultural, and political figures, such as Romano Prodi, Pierre Boulez, Jacky Mamou, and Franco Modigliani, that reflect on the key features and problems of globalization. Essays range across broad topics, including multinational corporations, technology, the arts, science, information flow, finance, unemployment, and the environment.

Part 1 of the book is devoted to an analysis of contemporary society’s evolution toward globalization. Part 2 focuses on the restructuring of the systems that produce and distribute goods and services around the world. Part 3 explores the effect of globalization on culture. Taken in their entirety, these essays offer a deeply and meaningfully multidisciplinary volume in which each piece contrasts and contextualizes the other. As most of the contributors are European, the text also offers a fascinating snapshot of contemporary European consciousness, and reveals how much of a “great experiment” the European Union really is.

This significant book makes a timely and learned contribution to the debates over globalization that are currently raging not only in the academy, but also on the nightly news and in daily political life. It will appeal to anyone who wishes to better understand the evolution of the world in which we live.

Contributors: Ilya Prigogine, Franco Modigliani, Peter Eichhorn, Taïeb Hafsi, Ernst-Moritz Lipp, Horst Steinmann, Andreas Schere, Dario Velo, Philippe de Woot, Romano Prodi, Emilio Gabaglio, Mihail Papyannakis, Jacky Mamou, Photis Nanopoulos, Alexandre Kiss, Dinah Shelton, Elisabeth Sledziewski, Pierre Boulez, Sergio Escobar, Davide Paolini, Jacques Marescaux, Marina Ricciardelli, and Sabine Urban.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02952-4
336 pages
Publication Year: 2003

Marina Ricciardelli teaches political economics and monetary economics at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome and at the University of L’Aquila.

Sabine Urban is professor emeritus at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France and former director of the CESAG-IECS Research Center with which it is affiliated.

Kostas Nanopoulos is professor at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France.

“. . . All essays have in common a strong commitment for the ongoing process of building a more human world. . . . the contributors to this book have something new to say about globalization. . . . " — Management International Review

“. . . These essays are comfortable to read and are written for non-specialists of each presented field.” — International Business Review

“This timely book, edited in several languages, offers a series of lively essays debating the topic of globalization. . . . It brings together writings by renowned intellectual, political and cultural figures, who argue that the globalization process is a major catalyst in transforming contemporary society.” — The European Union Review

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Globalization and Multicultural Societies

Some Views from Europe


Edited by Marina Ricciardelli, Sabine Urban, and Kostas Nanopoulos

 Globalization and Multicultural Societies: Some Views from Europe
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

This timely book offers a series of lively essays debating the topic of globalization—our increasingly integrated and interconnected world. Globalization and Multicultural Societies argues that the globalization process is a major catalyst in transforming contemporary society. Focusing primarily on Europe, this collection brings together writings by renowned intellectual, cultural, and political figures, such as Romano Prodi, Pierre Boulez, Jacky Mamou, and Franco Modigliani, that reflect on the key features and problems of globalization. Essays range across broad topics, including multinational corporations, technology, the arts, science, information flow, finance, unemployment, and the environment.

Part 1 of the book is devoted to an analysis of contemporary society’s evolution toward globalization. Part 2 focuses on the restructuring of the systems that produce and distribute goods and services around the world. Part 3 explores the effect of globalization on culture. Taken in their entirety, these essays offer a deeply and meaningfully multidisciplinary volume in which each piece contrasts and contextualizes the other. As most of the contributors are European, the text also offers a fascinating snapshot of contemporary European consciousness, and reveals how much of a “great experiment” the European Union really is.

This significant book makes a timely and learned contribution to the debates over globalization that are currently raging not only in the academy, but also on the nightly news and in daily political life. It will appeal to anyone who wishes to better understand the evolution of the world in which we live.

Contributors: Ilya Prigogine, Franco Modigliani, Peter Eichhorn, Taïeb Hafsi, Ernst-Moritz Lipp, Horst Steinmann, Andreas Schere, Dario Velo, Philippe de Woot, Romano Prodi, Emilio Gabaglio, Mihail Papyannakis, Jacky Mamou, Photis Nanopoulos, Alexandre Kiss, Dinah Shelton, Elisabeth Sledziewski, Pierre Boulez, Sergio Escobar, Davide Paolini, Jacques Marescaux, Marina Ricciardelli, and Sabine Urban.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02952-4

336 pages

“. . . All essays have in common a strong commitment for the ongoing process of building a more human world. . . . the contributors to this book have something new to say about globalization. . . . " — Management International Review

“. . . These essays are comfortable to read and are written for non-specialists of each presented field.” — International Business Review

“This timely book, edited in several languages, offers a series of lively essays debating the topic of globalization. . . . It brings together writings by renowned intellectual, political and cultural figures, who argue that the globalization process is a major catalyst in transforming contemporary society.” — The European Union Review