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Crossing Cultures

Jean-Michel Guy


Philippe Chantepie

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1We bring you Crossing Cultures as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue draws to a close, an initiative which forms part of an attempt to relaunch the European Union, inspired by the rueful words of founding father Jean Monnet : “If we were to start over again, we should begin with culture !” European culture, the culture(s) of Europe, and the culture(s) of Europeans continue to be tricky areas to define or describe, leaving no shared or sound basis for European public policy.

2This is why, alongside the European Union’s Euro- barometer, and the current harmonisation work being done under the aegis of Eurostat and national cultural practice surveys, it was also necessary to take an objective measurement of Europeans’intersecting cultural influences. The results of this previously-unpublished study call for cross-cultural analyses and suggest that such an approach be seized upon and developed across Europe. Indeed, those involved in promoting cross-cultural understanding and the dissemination of national cultural works throughout Europe will find much in such studies to assist them in defining and achieving their objectives.


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