Over the 1997-2000 period, Network Cultures-Europe has
launched a research programme entitled "Experiences in Citizenship
South and North: Local Development, Democracy and the Role of Culture".
The subject matter is identity and its influence on local dynamics in
the social, economic and political fields.
This programme consists of two projects. One project
(1999-2000) deals with identity as a collective phenomenon. It refers
to things like an ethnic group, a nation, a common culture or language,
a collective heritage, or a territory with its specific architecture or
know-how … The project deals with the positive or negative
impact of such a collective identity (or culture) on local development
and genuinely participative democracy. It looks into local initiatives
in the social and economic arena, into democracy at grassroots level
and into the violations of democratic rights perpetrated in the name of
culture or identity.
The other project in this Programme (1997-1999) deals with
identity at a more individual and intimate level, in other words it
looks at personal sources of inspiration or spirituality. It is called
"Roots and Wings". In this special issue we are reporting on this most
stimulating "Roots and Wings" project. It was open to persons from
various philosophical or religious persuasions.
These are extracts from our special issue "Roots and Wings"
on the Spirituality of Social Commitment. To have the full text, please
order the issues