ABSTRACTS LIST                   Vol. V, No. 2, Autumn-Winter 2012


EDITORIAL
TOTELECAN, Silviu G., "(Old) Globalization ~ (New) Localization", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 7-12, 2012.
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ARTICLES
TOTELECAN, Silviu G.; MANN, Stefan, "Hedonic hybridization: suburbanized ruralities in Romania and Switzerland ", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 13-42, 2012.
Abstract: The process of suburbanization of formerly rural villages is common to many places in developed and developing countries. This paper, in an attempt to overcome methodological nationalism, explores whether common patterns can be found between rural suburbanization in Romanian and a Swiss case study regions. Interviews with several key persons in the Gilau and the Vorderthal regions and the analysis of some sequences by objective hermeneutics reveal the patterns of what we call hedonic hybridization. A wide variety of different social realities assemble and merge in suburbanized ruralities, more often co-existing rather than creating commonalities. This process is strongly driven by individual utility maximization. It is therefore suggested that hedonic hybridization is a general phenomenon of our society but can be found in suburbanized ruralities in a very strong form.
Keywords: Lebenswelt, suburbanization, hedonism, local milieu, hybridization
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PATHAK, Dev N., "Local-to-local dynamics of regional Popular Culture(Re)Imagination of South Asia", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 43-65, 2012.
Abstract: We are too besotted with the category of global, as though it were a spectacle of the milieu, to make sense of the dynamics of local. However we do make efforts to fathom the local. On one level it is an atomized microscopic local; on the other it is globally mediated local. At microscopic level, an atomized version of local, pertaining to a particular cultural thread in isolation, subscribes to the logic of cultural relativism. On the other hand, globally mediated local, subscribes to the idea of hybridity of cultural forms, and obscures the idea of any cultural specificity whatsoever. In varied manner, the duality of sense, vis-a-vis either atomized microscopic local or globally mediated local, has been fathomed in terms of provincial globalization1. But then, the dynamics of local, with its transnational circulation of cultural forms, unfolds an opportunity to transcend the theoretical limitations of globalization and glocalization (or even grobalization). In the backdrop of deliberation on art and cinema, this is imperative to ask as to what sense of local stems from the phenomenon of popular culture and thereof content in the region of South Asia. To make it more precise, what sense of local can be obtained from the circulation of Hindi cinema and thereof content? What notion of local emerges from the dynamics of local art and popular cinema in the region?
Keywords: Dynamics of Local, Global, Popular Cinema, Art and Culture, Hybridity, South Asia, Bollywood, Translocal, Culture of the Ordinary
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EBIJUWA, Temisanren, "Building Bridges or Barricades: Interrogating Ethnic Identities in Africa ", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 67-86, 2012.
Abstract: African states have experienced multiple crises. The most devastating one is political. This is the inability to evolve a viable system that is suitable for the management of our daily social experiences. It is this failure that has generated many other problems in other spheres. These problems, in concert, have made the atmosphere in today's Africa that of frustration, despair and disappointment, which are largely responsible for the so many crises of adversarial politics. Specifically, it is what is responsible for the affirmation of parochial identities and ethnic strife at the detriment of the rather transcendental national identity in contemporary African states. But, why have the affirmation of sectional identities and its attendant conflicts remain daunting, intricate and resilient, in spite of the attempts to create a higher culture to transcend them? Or is it that the attempts have been that of a square peg in a round hole? This paper will employ the conceptual, analytic-descriptive and reconstructive methods to examine the above and related questions. This will involve the use of indigenous management strategies in a manner many scholars have ignored. It is, therefore, expected that this paper will initiate a perspective, that is, a re-assessment of extant interpretations of the clash of ethnic identities in Africa.
Keywords: Africa, Ethnic identity, Higher culture, Political elite, Indigenous management
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OLATUNJI, Felix O., "Cultural Identities in Africa and the Challenges of a Borderless World ", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 87-106, 2012.
Abstract: Globalisation is a complex issue and it has become the reigning phenomenon in almost all fields of human interests and endeavours; it is the principal mirror by which different strands about human development and standards are being measured in a most meaningful manner. In a glance today, one of the most significant areas that the issue of globalisation is touching and affecting the less-developed world is in the area of its cultural backgrounds. Hence, the thrust of this paper is to thematise in a critical and philosophical manner the multi-dimensional challenges, globalisation has on the cultural identities of Africa and Africans; and setting out the approach of sustaining the cultural exploits of the Africans.
Keywords: Globalisation, African Societies, challenges, identities, world, philosophy, exploitation
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ISAC, Ionuț, "From Interwar Foreshadowing to Post-Totalitarian Achievements: Dialectics of Local and Global in Constantin Noica's View about the issues of Romanian Culture", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 107-123, 2012.
Abstract: This paper intends a reconstruction draft of the Romanian philosopher Constantin Noica's metaphysical view on the main issues of the Romanian culture, caused by the strong interwar debates on modernization. Despite its vast field and the appreciable time of elaboration, Noica's view confined over time the terms of a fundamental contradiction of Romanian thinking: that between potentiality (virtuality) and reality, past and present, local and global. Though it may seem that Noica's position always favours virtuality (i.e. the original development of Romanian culture in its own fabulous potential inner horizon), which it, nevertheless, does, our point is that an acceptable solution could come only by recognizing the importance of reality and finding the path to value the national cultural richness in the real world of foreign cultures. Inspired by the Western values and achieved in the last years of Noica's life, the so-called "hermeneutical logic" was in fact meant to be a Romanian (local) metaphysical answer to regional (European) and global cultural issues. Beside of their high intrinsic philosophical value, the Letters on Hermes' Logic also reveal a strong belief in the "miracle of culture", a vision about cultural dialogue's future on the Romanian social ground, nonetheless an example of spiritual resistance in a time of political dictatorship. In a retrospective analysis, the different positions that Noica defended in his lifetime are both justified (i.e. to potentially value the Romanian local culture in the spirit of Western values or to get the Romanian culture out from potentiality back to the European and global cultural reality). Eventually, his metaphysical option for exploring the cultural possible met the imperative of a culture's actualization, as the conjunction of two interrelated motions.
Keywords: metaphysics of culture, local, global, Romanian culture, Constantin Noica, individual, general, values
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UDANGIU, Eugenia, "An Approach of the Complexity: The Dialogic Ego - Alter and the "Glocalisation"", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 5 (2) 125-133, 2012.
Abstract: Is it possible to remain the same and yet to be different along our lives? Sure, it is not only possible but compulsory, because everything around us is changing! Today, more than ever, we live in the meeting point of, at least, three axes: the same - another, the near-the far, the different - the similar, and it is not a comfortable position because we have to chose all the time and to cope with uncertainty. It would be much easier to take refuge in an idealized narrative about the past (the same, the near, the similar), or blindly throw us into one of the possible futures (another, the far, the different), but these are extreme and non - rational solutions to the problem of adaptation to the actual Lebenswelt. Within such a complex Lebenswelt the sociality patterns are constantly built and rebuilt and the ego-creation process should therefor become more reflexive and overt.
Keywords: dialogic principle, software of the mind, future oriented, fear of change, dialectic ego - alter, dialectic local - global
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