1st Edition

Conceptualizing Cultural and Social Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
A European Perspective

ISBN 9781138971417
Published June 15, 2016 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Previously published as a special issue of Mediterranean Politics, this collection critically analyzes the dynamics and complexities of the wider Euro-Mediterranean area on the basis of individual theory-informed designs and conceptual frameworks.

Since the predominant focus has been on the first (political and security partnership) and the second baskets (economic and financial partnership) of the Barcelona Process, our contributors analyze social and cultural issues (the third basket of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership), drawing upon linkages between concepts, structures and policy outcomes.

Some articles focus on the impact of the EU's actor capability in the area of EU policies towards the South in enhancing interregional dialogue, understanding and cultural cooperation. Others focus on a critical discourse analysis of dialogue, identity, power, human rights and civil society (including Western and non-Western conceptions). Finally, the volume culminates with a discussion on cultural democracy in Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Table of Contents

1 Preface: The Importance of Conceptualizing Cultural and Social Co-operation in the Euro-Mediterranean Area  2 Introduction: The Study of Euro-Mediterranean Cultural and Social Co-operation in Perspective  3 Imagining Co-presence in Euro-Mediterranean Relations: The Role of ‘Dialogue’  4 Setting the (Cultural) Agenda: Concepts, Communities and Representation in Euro-Mediterranean Relations  5 The Politics of De-Paradoxification in Euro-Mediterranean Relations: Semantics and Structures of ‘Cultural Dialogue’  6 Security through Intercultural Dialogue? Implications of the Securitization of Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue between Cultures  7 Global Civil Society Across the Mediterranean: The Case of Human Rights  8 EU Relations with Islam in the Context of the EMP’s Cultural Dialogue  9 Wounded by a Divide Syndrome. The Impact of Education and Employment on Euro-Med Cohesion   10 Conclusion: Cultural Democracy in Euro-Mediterranean Relations?

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Michelle Pace, European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Tobias Schumacher, Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Portugal