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European culture between diversity and unity

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Brie, Mircea

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Abstract The image of the European culture is given by the association of the concepts people-culture-history-territory, which provides certain local features. From this relation, we identify a cultural area with local, regional and national features beyond a certain European culture. Thus, we identify at least two cultural identity constructions on the European level: a culture of cultures, that is a cultural area with a particular, local, regional and national strong identity, or a cultural archipelago, that is a common yet disrupted cultural area. Whatever the perspective, the existence of a European cultural area cannot be denied, although one may speak of diversity or of “disrupted continuity”. From a methodological point of view, we have to point out that despite the two-levelled approach the two conceptual constructions do not exclude each other: the concept of “culture of cultures” designates both a particular and a general identity area.
Keywords Europe; cultural diversity; cultural relations; cultural identity
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 79-92
Journal Annals of the University of Oradea - International Relations and European Studies (2010) 2
ISSN 2067-1253
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution