A new book that explores the experience and tensions of dealing with civilizations and cultures other than one's own is now available in Europe, after its initial publication by Transaction Publishers in the United States in February.
Meetings of civilization: from Alexander the Great to Mother Teresa, by the sociologist of the University of Birmingham, dr. Gëzim Alpion, takes into consideration four different countries and brings together topics such as history, the media, as well as social and political issues to evaluate the export of culture.
The fifteen essays, selected and introduced by the Canadian scholar Gaston Roberge, cover Albania, Egypt, the United Kingdom and India, exploring how these countries have been shaped by different cultures. In an age of mass communication and global migration, the book raises important questions about citizenship, multiculturalism and integration.
Alpion explains: "Civilizations can coexist, but not if some are depreciated at the foot of the page, while others are imposed as the norm." The book explores how Egyptian culture and politics were shaped by foreign domination while preserving ancient customs. social level. By comparison, Britain was an imperial power, whose cultural primacy shaped the images of smaller countries in the eyes of the world.
Alpion writes English images of his native Albania and offers a penetrating analysis of Mother Teresa as a Christian missionary in Hindu and Islamic India, focusing on her cultural presentation through the media and the cult of celebrity.
Dr. Gëzim Alpion is a professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, as well as one of the collaborators of Albania News. Among his publications 'Vouchers', 'Foreigner Complex: Essays and Fiction about Egypt', 'Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity?' and 'If Only the Dead Could Listen'. The controversial study of Alpion 'Can Humans Know God? The Mother Teresa Conundrum 'will be published in the 2013.
Prof. Gaston Roberge he teaches cinema and communication at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, India. He is the author of eighteen books, one of which "Communication Cinema Development" which won an award at the National Film Festival of India in the 1999.
You can also find the book at Amazon in English language
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