“Intercultural City Identity” and “Human Intercultural Cities” (H.I.C.): A Dynamic Ontological Model for the Social Co-Existence and Social Cohesion of Modern and Post-Modern Cities


Eugenia P. Bitsani
Department Business and Organizations Administration at T.E.I. of Peloponnese, Greece

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC026030

This book negotiates the complex relationship between the identity of modern multicultural city and its development as well as its social cohesion, on the horizon of globalization and crisis.

Specifically, it expounds on an interdisciplinary approach regarding the actual phenomenon of multiculturalism in contemporary cities. The relationships created within this context between the different cultural groups and their impact on the city itself are described. It relates the concepts of identity and diversity and their effects on the socioeconomic development of the city. In addition, it also relates to social cohesion existing in urban areas, plus the dynamics of relationships developed within a complex context.

All within the context of political science, sociology and management science, while combining the scientific theory of cultural landscape, cultural theory, systemic analysis and sustainable development in an original theory is created, the “intercultural identity of the city”. What is more, while intercultural identity is the keystone of this hypothesis, it proposes the creation of a specific model planning of sustainable development and social cohesion in the modern and post-modern cities of the future.

This is ongoing research which aims to deepen the understanding and interconnection between networks and cities’ identities, but also strives to develop the methodology acquired from the feedback and information that will emerge from the implementation of this model in real life.

In brief, this book, introduces the term human intercultural city for the first time. It expounds on an original scientific theory, coining the term “intercultural city identity” and “Human Intercultural Cities (H.I.C.)”. This is what makes it a pioneer monograph as well as a necessary notion for the survival of modern cities so much for now as for the future. The negative impact of globalization and the subsequent economic crisis in metropolitan centers will be inevitable. Furthermore, this monograph may be used as a handy tool for academics, researchers, educators, policymakers, marketers and students as well as for the local communities of various cities in order to plan effectively and implement techniques that will lead humanity to a real exit from the crisis, hence helping to build a humanistic future for their cities. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Introduction: The Profile of Modern Cities (pp. 1-8)

Chapter 2 – Theoretical Discussion for the City Identity (pp. 9-14)

Chapter 3 – Research Methodology (pp. 15-24)

Chapter 4 – Trieste: Description of the Area (pp. 25-32)

Chapter 5 – Historic Memory, Cultural Heritage: A Vehicle of the Intercultural Identity of a City (pp. 33-44)

Chapter 6 – The Multicultural Reality of the City: Social Indicators of the Multicultural Minorities (pp. 45-52)

Chapter 7 – Developing the Intercultural Relations to Form the Individual Intercultural Identity (pp. 53-72)

Chapter 8 – Intercultural Identity and Social Cohesion (pp. 73-78)

Chapter 9 – The Regulatory Role of Social Networks and Civil Society for Intercultural Coexistence and Social Cohesion (pp. 79-92)

Chapter 10 – Discussion Concerning Matters Pertinent to „The City‟s Identity’ (pp. 93-98)

Chapter 11 – Building the Intercutural Identity of the Modern City (pp. 99-104)

Chapter 12 – The Importance of the Human Factor: Human Identity of the City (pp. 105-110)

Chapter 13 – The Necessity for the Public/Regional Authorities to Adopt a Coordinating Role: Towards a New Social Contract? (pp. 111-116)

Chapter 14 – The Ontological Approach: The Dynamic Model of H.I.C., the Basis for Sustainable Cities for Now and the Future (pp. 117-120)

Conclusion: Planning the Ontological/Dynamic Model of HIC

Instead of Epilogue: With an Eye to the Future-Facing the Future



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