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Diversity Management and Integration: From Ideas to Concepts

Diversity Management and Integration: From Ideas to Concepts Mitja Zagar* I. Introduction: the Context Walking in the streets of (especially bigger) cities everywhere in the world we can hear a fascinating plurality of dialects and languages, and detect the diverse physical and cultural characteristics and features of individuals--in short, one of the common characteristics of urban environments is a fascinating diversity of diversities. In rural environments, pluralities and diversities might be less obvious and numerous; however, they can be found everywhere. Travelling in the countryside reveals a number of asymmetries and diversities--such as specific geographic and/or climatic features of the territory, diverse density of populations, different levels of social and economic development, diverse architecture, etc. Ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversities are just a few kinds and dimensions of diversities and asymmetries that exist in contemporary societies. However, considering their social impacts, roles and importance in history--especially in the past two centuries--they can be considered to be important factors of social and historic developments. In many ways, ethnicity--as a specific social phenomenon and (political) concept, but especially as diverse and distinct collective entities that have emerged and evolved in specific historic circumstances (in Europe since the seventeenth century) into (modern) nations and developed their specific ethnic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Diversity Management and Integration: From Ideas to Concepts

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 6 (1): 307 – Jan 1, 2006

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Brill
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Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7865
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90000075
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Abstract

Mitja Zagar* I. Introduction: the Context Walking in the streets of (especially bigger) cities everywhere in the world we can hear a fascinating plurality of dialects and languages, and detect the diverse physical and cultural characteristics and features of individuals--in short, one of the common characteristics of urban environments is a fascinating diversity of diversities. In rural environments, pluralities and diversities might be less obvious and numerous; however, they can be found everywhere. Travelling in the countryside reveals a number of asymmetries and diversities--such as specific geographic and/or climatic features of the territory, diverse density of populations, different levels of social and economic development, diverse architecture, etc. Ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversities are just a few kinds and dimensions of diversities and asymmetries that exist in contemporary societies. However, considering their social impacts, roles and importance in history--especially in the past two centuries--they can be considered to be important factors of social and historic developments. In many ways, ethnicity--as a specific social phenomenon and (political) concept, but especially as diverse and distinct collective entities that have emerged and evolved in specific historic circumstances (in Europe since the seventeenth century) into (modern) nations and developed their specific ethnic

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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