is Network Cultures ?
is first and foremost a network of people concerned with the
relationship between local cultures and social, economic and political
life. They are fieldworkers and/or academics. Network Cultures'
membership comprises people from all over the world who are regularly
active in the network. Among these members are the representatives of
the regional bases who organise seminars and carry out or coordinate
research and training in their regions: Rubem Cesar Fernandes and Andre
Porto in Brazil, Siddhartha in India, Luis Lopezllera Mendez in Mexico,
Badika Nsumbu Lukau in Congo, Noufissa Sbain in Morocco, Edith Sizoo,
Carmelina Carracillo, Raphaël Souchier and Thierry Verhelst in
Why Culture ?
Culture's starting point is culture, the springboard for all human
activity. It is culture that is at work in the choices human beings
make, whether these choices are personal, economic, social or
political. Culture gives these choices meaning. Underestimating the
importance of cultural dynamics as the implicit base of all activity
and ways of organising socially and economically, leads to the failure
of local development projects and the weakening of large scale economic
projects or programmes for political cooperation.
And to what aim ?
Cultures offers those who are concerned by the relationship between
culture and social, economic and political life, the opportunity to
explain, record and share their experiences. Embracing both
practice and research, Network Cultures also enables the taking into
consideration of social alternatives and different
solutions people have found to face the challenges of their social
and natural environment. Network Cultures' collective knowledge is
passed on through its training, publications, its web site and
journal. It refines its work by creating a methodology for social
actors to take account of socio-cultural dynamics. Finally, it seeks
ways of communicating the results of its research to major