CRISP (Centre de recherche et d’information socio-politiques) has published the 71st edition of its Dossier series in Brussels. Here’s how the publishers describe this work by Caroline Sägesser:
“Cultural diversity is a source of wealth, so long as exchanges are balanced. After 1945, the U.S. became dominant culturally as well as politically. When they requested the full liberalization of the cultural goods market at the WTO, a resistance movement began. In France, Québec, and other parts of the Francophonie, the threat of domination by the English language and the American way of life raised linguistic and cultural hackles.
“In 2005 UNESCO adopted the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This instrument legitimizes all public support for the creation, promotion, and presentation of cultural goods. However, the legal weight of the Convention is still uncertain. This edition of Dossier, available in French, sets out the debate and the current situation in various international bodies, including the European Union and the Council of Europe.”