|Identity is the central
theme of this special issue. It offers the synthesis of Network
Cultures' research project on the impact of identity on local
development and on participative democracy.
Network Cultures has thus made a new step
towards a better understanding of the complex relations between
history, ethnicity, language, religion, culture, territory on the one
hand, and active citizenship on the other hand. The perverse use of
identity is also analysed and concrete advice is being offered as to
ways and means to mobilise local communities on the basis of their
identity without falling into fundamentalism, exclusion and violence.
More than ever, identity is « dynamite » but also
source of « dynamism » !
Dr. Wandra Dressler presents her insights on
the difficult exercise of Kazakhstani culture and of nation-building in
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, a muslim scholar from
Malaysia wrote a critical analysis of Samuel Huntington' s famous
essay on cultural identity : « The clash of
civilizations ». The Chilean economist, Luis Razeto, offers
his views on economic life rooted in the local identity of marginalized