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Cosmopolitan Communications
Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World


Part of Communication, Society and Politics

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521738385

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  • Societies around the world have experienced a flood of information from diverse channels originating beyond local communities and even national borders, transmitted through the rapid expansion of cosmopolitan communications. For more than half a century, conventional interpretations, Norris and Inglehart argue, have commonly exaggerated the potential threats arising from this process. A series of firewalls protect national cultures. This book develops a new theoretical framework for understanding cosmopolitan communications and uses it to identify the conditions under which global communications are most likely to endanger cultural diversity. The authors analyze empirical evidence from both the societal level and the individual level, examining the outlook and beliefs of people in a wide range of societies. The study draws on evidence from the World Values Survey, covering 90 societies in all major regions worldwide from 1981 to 2007. The conclusion considers the implications of their findings for cultural policies.

    • Offers a new theory seeking to explain the impact of cosmopolitan communications, and it tests this against survey evidence derived from multiple countries and contexts
    • Provides new evidence about the causes and consequences of cosmopolitan communications based on the first release of the 2005-7 wave of the World Values Survey, conducted in almost 60 societies, along with multiple other sources of data
    • Examines the implications of cosmopolitan communications for national identities, social and economic values, and attitudes towards democracy in a wide range of contexts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521738385
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 32 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Is cultural diversity under threat?
    2. Theoretical framework
    Part I. Firewalls:
    3. Markets
    4. Poverty
    5. Classifying societies
    Part II. Consequences:
    6. Citizens: nation and cosmopolitan identities
    7. Consumers: economic values
    8. Morality: traditional values, gender equality, and sexuality
    9. Activists: support for democracy, self-expression values, and human rights
    Part III. Conclusions:
    10. Cultural convergence over time?
    11. The implications for cultural policies
    Technical Appendix A. Concepts and measures
    Technical Appendix B. List of countries
    Technical Appendix C. Methods.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comm Theory
    • Communication
    • Comparative Sociology
    • Democratization (Transitions to Democracy)
    • International Communications
    • Politics of Globalization
    • globalism nationalism
    • globalization through film
    • political ecology
  • Authors

    Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her work analyzes comparative elections and public opinion, gender politics, and political communications. Companion volumes by this author, also published by Cambridge University Press, include A Virtuous Circle (2000), Digital Divide (2001), Democratic Phoenix (2002), Rising Tide (2003, with Ronald Inglehart), and Electoral Engineering (2004).

    Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ronald Inglehart is Professor of Political Science and Program Director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change. He helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and directs the World Values Surveys. Related books include Modernization and Postmodernization: Cultural, Economic and Political Change in 43 Societies (1997), Rising Tide (2003, with Pippa Norris), and Development, Cultural Change and Democracy (2004, with Christian Welzel).

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