ERIC Number: ED459090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-21
Cultural Pluriformity: Source of Civilization, Source of Conflicts.
It may be true that global wars such as World Wars I and II are not very likely to break out in the near future, but during the last decennia all over the world violent local and regional conflicts have flared up. These conflicts, without exception, have a common denominator--a cultural component. They all have been triggered by ethnic, linguistic, or religious tensions, or by general cultural contrasts. This paper discusses, in general, interactions between cultures, noting the competition, distrust, fear, and violence that arise when cultural groups collide. To combat these cultural conflicts, the paper recommends an international code of conduct embedded in an "International Cultural Charter" to be underwritten by as many members of the international community as possible. Specifically, the charter should put down rules such as a person's right to use a native language in education, practice a religion, and have full access to and use of a cultural heritage and cultural industry. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Address to plenary session of the International Conference "Emerging Democracies, Citizenship and Human Rights Education" (Enschede, Netherlands, June 18-21, 2000).