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Compass for Intercultural Partnerships

Compass for Intercultural Partnerships: A thought provoking book to deploy the integration of cultures as a source of welfare and tolerance in a glocalising world

Bob Elsen
Ignace Pollet
Patrick Develtere
Introduction by Koenraad Debackere
Copyright Date: 2007
Published by: Leuven University Press,
Pages: 162
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    Compass for Intercultural Partnerships
    Book Description:

    As globalisation makes the visual distinction between North and South, East and West disappear, one definitely needs a compass. It still points to magnetic North. For the moment. This book focuses on the added value created by interculturality which is the interaction, exchange and integration between people of different cultures. The reflexions are aimed at profit and non-profit organisations who have the ambition to be enriched and strengthened by their cultural diversity. This publication states and illustrates; personal views seek to inspire. The outlines in this book are now a guiding principle for the Living Stone Centre of Competence for Intercultural Entrepreneurship (LSC), a cooperation between the K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven), Joker Toerisme SA and Cera.

    eISBN: 978-94-6166-021-3
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-8)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 9-10)
  3. The World in a Coconut A personal view to inspire
    (pp. 11-48)

    Cultural diversity has never before been so strongly present in the world as it is today. It has become an essential element of our society both in our professional and private life.

    Cultural interactions, whether they enhance or reduce each other, are on the increase as a result of globalisation. Such crossing of cultures results inevitably into new mentalities and interactions, which in turn lead to new concepts and realisations.

    One such realisation is the Living Stone Centre of Competence (LSC)¹ for Intercultural Entrepreneurship, founded in 2005 by the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, K.U.Leuven) and Joker Tourism...

  4. Same World, Different Paths Walks through fields of theory
    (pp. 49-130)
    Ignace Pollet

    When people from Western Europe move to other areas, they inevitably come into contact with other cultures. A mere 1 000 kilometres to the south, we notice that times for working and relaxation are different, food is prepared differently and very different efforts are required to obtain something from the local government.

    The intensity of this experience will depend on the place we find ourselves, and also on the reason we have for being there. As atourist, such experiences are usually noncommittal, giving us at best a good story to tell back home: waiting times, the perils of foreign...

  5. The Intercultural Momentum What the South says: a survey
    (pp. 131-160)
    Ignace Pollet and Patrick Develtere

    In this third part of this publication we bring the voice from the South into the story by means of a survey. There are good reasons for doing so. Most sociologists and economists view North-South relationships in terms of either financial interests, or (whether conflicting or not) different systems of values. They are looking into the cultural foundations for lower productivity or the creation of welfare¹. This is a macro-approach, which often takes place on the basis of purely deductive grounds². Authors such as Hofstede³ and Schwartz⁴ may produce a very broad empirical database, but their findings concern primarily cultural...

  6. Back Matter
    (pp. 161-162)