The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity

Nations, Cities and Organizations

Maddy Janssens ,

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The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity: Nations, Cities and Organizations

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`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

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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