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Diversity and Identity: Humanistic Foundations of World Heritage and Multicultural Development

Edited by Vladimir I. Ionesov and Garry W. Trompf, Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts, Samara, 2010, 522 pp., ISBN: 978-5-88293-266-3

The book Diversity and Identity, edited by Vladimir I. Ionesov and Garry W. Trompf, includes the proceedings of an international scientific conference held in November 2009 at the Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts. The Conference dedicated to the memory of Claude Lévi-Strauss, united different scholars, lecturers, cultural and social workers discussing the theoretical and practical issues of multicultural transformations in the contemporary world.

A special task was the study of the scientific legacy of Claude Lévi-Strauss and humanistic traditions of structuralism as an important source for social development and intercultural reconciliation in the world. Therefore the book, composed of the contributions from the conference, explores the concepts and debates surrounding the complex modern phenomenon of cultural diversity, and its varied effects on the global community in a situation of turbulent transformations.

Mainly Russian, but also authors from Australia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukrainia, Belarus, and Romania contributed to this book. The general subjects covered include the methodological legacy of Claude Lévi-Strauss and contemporary science; structuralism in discourse of interdisciplinary knowledge; culture and identity in the context of semiotic-anthropological reflection; diversity and identity in changing culture; traditions and innovations in intercultural communication and education.

As pointed out in the foreword, scholars and students looking for the most up-to-date different approaches to understanding diversity and identity in the context of world heritage and humanistic values will find this to be an engaging, penetrating and illuminating book.

For more information please contact: Vladimir Ionesov, Chairman, Samara International Society for Cultural Studies, PO Box 3004, RU-443099 Samara, Russia, tel./fax: +7 846 333 13 50; e-mail: ionesov@mail.ru