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Thinkers and writers about today's multicultural Europe

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Tue 28 Jan, 2003 07:39 am
Someone asked me a very simple question just now: can you give me the names of some famous Europeans, who have said something really noteworthy about diversity/ integration/ multiculture in today's and/or tomorrow's Europe - authors, performing artists, intellectuals, preferably of colour - aspiring Salmon Rushdies, say ...

To my great shock, I just went blank. I mean, although I've been shamefully behind on keeping up with literature, I do follow the news and current debates quite closely, and this is something like my topic - I must know dozens of names, in fact - but I just went blank! Dunno what that is.
Anyway, can some of you give me an aha-erlebnis by providing me with those names that just seem to have gone zip outta my mind? I would be most obliged ...
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jan, 2003 08:04 am
Nimh I cannot think of any particular name other than Ashley Montague the author of The Fallacy of Race. But I did find the web site below sponsored it seems by the EU. Another prominent voice promoting diversity was Gandhi in writing about his trials and tribulations in London and South Africa but that is almost ancient history

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jan, 2003 09:41 am
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jan, 2003 11:18 am
First name I came up with from the top of my head was Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, but they already interviewed him. I also mentioned Indarjit Singh and Gary Younge, but they're more journalistic-political figures than literary thinkers, say ... (plus they're both british) ... they're trying to get Rushdie, but ... I'm sure he's not easy to get.

The EUMC does great, dilligent work in publishing much-needed and detailed reports on xenophobia etc in the different European countries, but they're more into the statistics and factual reporting of things than into the Great Vision thing, let's say (also b/c of their connection to the EU).

I, err, don't know Ashley Montague. Is she famous? The book title rings a bell and I'm sure I'm going to feel Embarrassed about not knowing the name, but more info is always welcome :wink:. She British or American?

I would've said Prof Rogers Brubaker, wrote very sensible things on ethnic identity in Europe, but he's American ...

(Note to self: Slavenka Drakulic for SouthEast European angle)

JoanneDorel wrote:
Nimh I cannot think of any particular name other than Ashley Montague the author of The Fallacy of Race. But I did find the web site below sponsored it seems by the EU. Another prominent voice promoting diversity was Gandhi in writing about his trials and tribulations in London and South Africa but that is almost ancient history

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jan, 2003 06:42 pm
Ashley in this case is a guy.

Ashley Montagu
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Hazlitt
 
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Reply Mon 3 Feb, 2003 12:34 am
Pick up a copy of the January "New York Review of Books" and read the article about Jurgen Habermas.

Habermas, who is well known in Germany, believes passionately that open discussion as the best means of promoting democracy and understanding.

Probably would be a good guy to have on A2K.
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Hazlitt
 
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Reply Thu 6 Feb, 2003 07:21 pm
http://www.policyreview.orghttp://www.policyreview.org/JUN02/kagan_print.html/JUN02/kagan_print.html

Here is a link to an essay that may shed light of the difference between Americans and Europeans.
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Hazlitt
 
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Reply Thu 6 Feb, 2003 07:26 pm
http://www.policyreview.orghttp://www.policyreview.org/JUN02/kagan_print.html/JUN02/kagan_print.html

Here is a link to an essay that may shed light of the difference between Americans and Europeans.

Sorry, the above link does not seem to work.

Go to the Policy Review, and search for "Power and Weakness" by Robert Kagan.
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LarryBS
 
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Reply Thu 6 Feb, 2003 07:31 pm
If "Power and Weakness" is the article you meant, here tis:

Kagan - Power and Weakness

Thanks for the article!
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larry richette
 
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Reply Wed 26 Feb, 2003 10:35 am
Another good writer on the subject is Timothy Garton Ash, who has studied Eastern Europe and publishes frequently in THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
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