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Cultural practices and forms of communication: Building a common world and conditions of coexistence

Author(s): Jean Caune

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 88;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Cultural mediation | cultural action | political power | collectivity | interculturality

Though the industrialisation of culture and the development of mass communication have helped to displace borders, interchange actors and confuse functions, the connection between the concepts of culture and communication does not solely belong to historical or technical circumstances. To this end, this study attempts to open up a theoretical dimension to demonstrate that issues of practices and forms of communication possess a political dimension in the broadestsense of the word. The text is structured into two parts; the first tackles the issues and problems of interculturality from the standpoint of the emergence of this concept in the social and culturalreality of the late 20th century. The second part attempts to circumscribe the theoretical and political space, enabling the author to link cultural phenomena and communication processes in the evolution of French society over the past 30 years.
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