In Exploring Borders Giuseppe Mantovani highlights and explores the ways in which culture acts as a framework organising our experience. He emphasises the differences across and between cultures and examines the depths to which these can go. He also analyses the functions of culture, including: mediation, meaning-making, and forming a repertory of values and principles. Finally, he considers some of the challenges raised by taking a cultural perspective and examines how these may be addressed in society.
This highly original and eminently readable narrative will be invaluable to scholars of psychology, media and cultural studies, and to all those fascinated by culture and eager to to make the cultural dimension visible to all.
Introduction. Part I. Frames of Experience 1. Birds and Spirits. 2. The Roots of Prejudice. 3. Metaphors and Analogies. Part II. Immeasurable Distances. 4. Different Shipwrecks. 5. Hopes of Happiness. 6. So Near and Yet So Far. Part III. The Web of Culture 7. Sun Counters. 8. Pride and Dignity. 9. The Blind Man's Cane. Part IV. Culture in Education 10. Cultivating Memory. 11. The Sheriff Comes for Virgil. 12. Crossing Borders. Conclusion. Notes. References.