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Palgrave Macmillan

The Diplomacy of Culture

The Role of UNESCO in Sustaining Cultural Diversity

ISBN 9781137366252
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Culture and Religion in International Relations

Cultural diversity, because it is perceived to have significant security, developmental, and social implications, is fast becoming one of the major political issues of the day. At the international level, it overlaps with the now extensive debates on multiculturalism within states. This work shows how cultural diversity challenges the understanding of international relations as relations between states and, by looking at the issue through the magnifying glass of an international organization, offers innovative insights into the interplay between various levels of international society. The book examines in particular the role of UNESCO, the only United Nations agency responsible for culture and the main forum for international diplomacy on the issue of cultural diversity.

Irena Kozymka holds an MA in international relations from the University of Westminster and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and has been working in diplomacy and international relations for more than ten years.

Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Book's Structure
Definitions
UNESCO: Structure and Agency
1. Legal Basis and Institutional Structure
2. Functions
3. Member States
4. Other Actors
5. UNESCO as an Actor 
PART II: UNESCO'S RESPONSES, PAST AND PRESENT
6. Early Years: Protection and Diffusion of Cultural Expressions
7. Decolonisation: Stress on Cultural Identity and Promotion of Cultural Development
8. Responding to the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century 
PART III: FRANCE
9. The State and Culture: An Enduring Marriage
10. From Cultural Exception to Cultural Diversity
11. The Makings of the 2005 Convention
12. Protecting and Promoting Cultural Diversity: A View from France 
PART IV: THE UNITED STATES
13. Culture in the United States and its Place in the Country's Foreign Policy
14. The United States and UNESCO: An Uneasy Relationship
15. The US Opposition to the Cultural Diversity Convention 
PART V: CAMBODIA
16. The Place of Culture in State Policy
17. World Heritage Sites in Cambodia: National or Common Heritage of Humanity?
18. Angkor
19. Preah Vihear
20. Protection and Promotion of Intangible Culture from the Cambodian Perspective 
PART VI: BRAZIL
21. Brazil's Racial and Cultural Diversity
22. Cultural Policies in Brazil
23. Public Access
24. Culture as Economically Remunerative
25. UNESCO in Brazil and Brazil at UNESCO
26. Racism and Discrimination
27. Indigenous Cultures 
PART VII: UNESCO'S DIFFICULTIES IN HANDLING CULTURAL DIVERSITY
28. Challenges in Handling Cultural Diversity
29. Weaknesses of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
30. Gaps in UNESCO's Legal Action towards Sustaining Cultural Diversity
31. Shortcomings in UNESCO's Functioning 
PART VIII: CONCLUSION
32. Double Vision: Culture or Cultural Expressions?
33. Porous Borders and Fuzzy Mandates
34. Imperfect Instruments for an Imperfect World
35. UNESCO: Puppet or Master?
36. UNESCO as Beacon
ANNEX – CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS
Bibliography

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The Diplomacy of Culture is filling a void in international relations studies. With this in mind, Irena Kozymka wrote a very useful and well documented volume which will be strongly appreciated by scholars and students, and also by many readers who are interested in understanding a crucial new field of knowledge." - Bertrand Badie, Sciences Po, Paris
"Irena Kozymka has written an insightful analysis of a subject too neglected by academic International Relations – how diplomacy deals with culture and cultural diversity, a rather different matter from 'cultural diplomacy.' Her comparative treatment of different national traditions, combined with an expert study of UNESCO, makes this indispensable for those concerned with both the international politics of culture and with international organizations." - Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, and Head of Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge
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