The Changing Soul of Europe

Author: Helena Vilaça
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317038835
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This book paves the way for a more enlarged discussion on religion and migration phenomena in countries of Northern and Southern Europe. From a comparative perspective, these are regions with very different religious traditions and different historical State/Church relations. Although official religion persisted longer in Nordic Protestant countries than in South Mediterranean countries, levels of secularization are higher. In the last decades, both Northern and Southern Europe have received strong flows of newcomers. From this perspective, the book presents through various theoretical lenses and empirical researches the impact mobility and consequent religious transnationalism have on multiple aspects of culture and social life in societies where the religious landscapes are increasingly diverse. The chapters demonstrate that we are dealing with complex scenarios: different contexts of reception, different countries of origin, various ethnicities and religious traditions (Catholics, Orthodox and Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Buddhists). Having become plural spaces, our societies tend to be far more concerned with the issue of social integration rather than with that of social identities reconstruction in society as a whole, often ignoring that today religion manifests itself as a plurality of religions. In short, what are the implications of newcomers for the religious life of Europe and for the redesign of its soul?

A Soul for Europe A reader

Author: Furio Cerutti
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789042909953
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After moving for ten plus years towards an ever closer union, the European Union and its citizens now face the choice whether to establish a full-fledged common polity. This decision requires a Europe-wide debate that includes the candidate states. European citizens must discuss what (if any) common values, principles and basic policies they share. A European identity involves the Union's institutions becoming rooted in the "soul" of the citizens, whatever its relationship might be to the existing national and local identities. Only then will the EU possess democratic legitimacy and support. These two volumes are written by authors with a political and intellectual interest in the European process. They discuss the EU's unprecedented character as a peacefull and voluntary union of peoples, its understandable obstacles encountered along the way to further integration, and the Union's less acceptable shortcomings. The first volume is written for the general reader. It examines the essential components of a European political identity in relation to democracy, citizenship, social justice, war and peace, freedom and borders. It also explores the history of this identity. The second volume is a collection of scientific essays. These provide in-depth analysis of fundamental aspects of European cultural identity such as religion, art and economic culture, myth and civil society. The two volumes can be read independently. However, we hope readers of either one will feel stimulated to reach for the other.

European Culture in a Changing World

Author: Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN: 1904303331
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In the words of Ezra Talmor: To deal with European Culture in a Changing World is to deal, in fact, with the reciprocal relation between Politics and Economics on the one hand, and Culture on the other. In an era when economic forces are pushing towards European Economic Unity or towards the Globalisation of National Markets it is rather difficult to demarcate the role of Culture. While the European Narrative may have been written by Monnet, De Gaulle, and Adenauer, the Global Narrative is written by an unknown author or rather by Adam Smith's Invisible Hand. On the one hand the postmodernist claim that the Grand Narrative is dead is given the lie. A Grand Narrative is now being written not by Philosophers but by Managers of Multinationals. The Foucauldian "ça parle" (it speaks) is instantiated by the anonymous authors of the Global Narrative. The question to be asked is: What will happen to the rich mosaic of National European Cultures? The answer to this question is not only a matter of National Memory and National Identity, it is also a matter of the sources of cultural creativity. L'Europe de nations may have been the theatre of endless national wars but it was also the cradle of a very rich mosaic of national cultures. The point is: how will creative genius adapt to the two new trends - European Unification and Globalism? This volume brings together essays by leading scholars in a myriad of disciplines, all of which attempt to shed light on these issues.Contributions by:Nicholas Perdikis, Shari L. Boyd, William A Kerr, Sylvia MacPhee, Marcela Cristi, Anu Randveer, Martti Randveer, Viljar Jaamu, Vello Vensel, Anatoly Zotov, Warren Breckman, Douglas Moggach, Malgorzata Bogunia-Borowska, Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Eric W. Ruckh, Avron Kulak, Kevin P. Spicer, Bernard Zelechow, Dorothy M. Betz, Robert Stanley, Rosemary Gray, Jean-François Thibault, John Danvers, Ewa Macura, William A. Everett, Armand Singer, Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe

New Europe in the Changing Global System A

Author: Falk, Richard
Publisher: United Nations University Press
ISBN: 9280809342
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In this new book, a group of distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines and geographical backgrounds reflect on the centrality of the recent European experience to the global community today. They look at the new Europe that is emerging in the wake of the dramatic geopolitical changes that occurred on the continent at the end of the 1980s. The contributors seek to open a variety of perspectives, including those of culture and history, on today's rapidly changing European scene. They examine in detail the process of transition and internal realities confronting post-communist governments in Eastern and Central Europe. Their provocative essays also look at the role of Europe in the new global economy, the new regional alignments that are emerging, and other key questions about the continent in the emerging world order. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Samir Amin, Third World Forum, Dakar, Senegal; Carlos Blanco, Minister for the Reform of the State of Venezuela; Gianni Bonvicini, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; Albert Bressand, PROMETHEE Transnational Networks, Paris; Charles Cooper, United Nations University Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, Netherlands; Robert Cox, York University, Toronto; Arpad Goncz, president of the Hungarian Republic; Bjorn Hettne, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Lal Jayawardena, National Development Council; Domokos Kosary, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Vladislav Kotchetkov, UNESCO; Tibor Palankai, Budapest University of Economics; George Schopflin, University of London; and Mihaly Simai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.

The Origins of European Thought

Author: Richard Broxton Onians
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521347945
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Onians' remarkable work of scholarship sought to deal with the very roots of European civilization and thought: the fundamental beliefs about life, mind, body, soul, and human destiny that are embodied in the myths and legends of the ancients. The volume is remains a fascinating collection of ideas and explanations of cultures as diverse as the Greeks and the Norse, the Celts and the Jews, and the Chinese and the Romans.

Engaging Europe

Author: Evlyn Gould
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742578348
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What and where and who is Europe? This unique collection contends that Europe cannot be defined as simply a particular geographic location or a group of citizens who inhabit the same place and share a culture. Instead, Europe is a question to be answered by the teachers and students who study it. A collaborative and multidisciplinary collection, Engaging Europe explores Europe through history, literature, philosophy, music, and ethical narratives. This book is a major part of an experiment that hopes to find more intellectually exciting ways to teach Europe to students in American higher education.

Europe as a Multiple Modernity

Author: Martina Topić
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443857815
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Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging challenges the predominant modernity theory arguing that Europe can be considered as one multiple modernity. In that, the book presents a collection of essays showing the plurality of discourses and variety in human self-reflexion on notions of religious and belonging in everyday lives. Emphasis is placed on religious actors and individuals in Europe, and the multiplicity of their senses of religious identification and belonging.