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A New Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Identity - Stefania Panebianco

A New Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Identity


Published: 1st May 2003
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The aim of this book is not to make prescriptions, or to provide the reader with recipes for achieving stability in the Mediterranean, but rather to offer, through an interdisciplinary approach, a pluralistic vision of democracy, civil society, human rights and dialogue among civilizations, the aspects of the third volet of the EuroMediterranean Partnership (EMP). Instead of reviewing the content of the EMP, this volume focuses more upon actors and values than upon procedures and specific projects. What are the contradictions of democratization? How can the EMP strengthen and support civil society if it is so difficult to define what civil society is? Is there a unique scale of values when dealing with human rights? To what extent does a dialogue among civilizations lead to compatibility and coexistence? Some reflections are devoted to the identification of crucial issues uniting or separating the actors involved in and addressed by the EMP. These debated issues are tackled to indirectly highlight the achievements of and impediments to the Barcelona Process.

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in Perspective: The Political and Institutional Contextp. 1
Democratization in the Mediterranean Countries
A Challenge for EU Mediterranean Policy: Upgrading Democracy from Threat to Riskp. 23
Democratization and the Arab World: Different Perspectives and Multiple Optionsp. 47
The Foreign Policy of a Civilian Power? The European Union in the Mediterraneanp. 61
Towards a Dynamic Role for Civil Society
Civil Society in the Euro-Mediterranean Arenap. 77
The EuroMed Civil Forum: Critical 'Watchdog' and Intercultural Mediatorp. 84
Civil Society, God and Cousins: The Case of the Middle Eastp. 108
Human Rights: Meeting Universal Standards?
Human Rights and Democracy in the European Legal Order: the Euro-Mediterranean Partnershipp. 125
Human Rights in the Framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Overcoming the Culturalist-Universalist Dividep. 139
Dialogue between Civilizations
Speaking the Same Language: the Benefits and Pitfalls of Englishp. 153
Towards a Viable Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Partnershipp. 165
Conclusion: Towards a Mediterranean Cultural Identityp. 179
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780714654119
ISBN-10: 0714654116
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st May 2003
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.46  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1