Scientific Series “Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on
Culture and Society“
Published by Nomos
Advancing a broad concept of ‘culture’, this scientific series is based on interdisciplinarity with each of its articles focussing on subjects from cultural studies. The volumes treat ‘culture’ as a phenomenon pertaining to all areas of life and all social spheres. Thus cultural aspects show up as internal questions, for instance in technical or natural science disciplines as well as in traditional humanistic studies.
The socio-cultural and socio-economic focus pursued in the ZAK's projects and events (symposia, lectures, conferences) is deepened in this scientific series. With its interdisciplinary articles from the perspective of cultural sciences each volume aims to present a topic of current relevance and to offer new multi-faceted insights and impulses.
Vol. 8: Organised Crime. Dark Sides of Globalisation
In the course of globalisation, organised crime has developed into a transnational phenomenon that increasingly poses a challenge to national judicial systems and democracies. In the public’s perception, however, the relevance of the topic is often underestimated. Difficulties in capturing the extent and the multifaceted characteristics of corruption and organised crime result in vague definitions and impede the search for effective countermeasures. The present volume analyses the causes and the current dimensions of organised crime and compares the situations in different countries. How can organised crime be described? Are certain forms of government less prone to the spread of organised crime than others? How can the interconnectedness of organised crime and legal business as well as the gradual establishment of corruption best be countered? This volume addresses these questions from a sociological, economic, criminological, and judicial perspective, and offers approaches to possible solutions.
With contributions by Alessandra Dino, Cyrille Fijnaut, James O. Finckenauer, Victor Grandits and Annika Hoch, Wolfgang Hetzer, Susanne Karstedt, Klaus von Lampe, James L. Newell, Manfred Paulus, Roberto Scarpinato, Friedrich Schneider, and Jürgen Storbeck.
November 2012, 160 pp., 24.- euros, ISBN 978-3-8329-5818-3
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Vol. 5: Europe: Insights from the Outside
The volume was developed on the basis of a concept that goes beyond a thematically closed panorama of Europe`s socio-cultural make-up, particularly in relation to multicultural and transcultural phenomena. Foreign-born and non-European authors were asked to describe their specific perspectives and experiences as `outsiders’, providing new perceptions to persons enculturated in Europe. They give voice to the expectations that a globalised world addresses to Europe, whereby European self-myths are often called into question and corrected. Having decided to immigrate to a European country for different reasons – be they private or political – biographical circumstances permit some of the authors to take up positions offering unusual insights. In the unfamiliar light of this European perspective linked to a non-European point of reference, developments and decisions in the EU about its direction in the coming years, take on a different appearance and open themselves to a more discerning scrutiny.
With contributions by Susan Neiman, Badr Mohammed, Ralph Ghadban, Anil Bhatti, Hans Lenk, J. Peter Burgess, Nasr H. Abu Zaid, Tahir Abbas, Necla Kelek, Serap Çileli, Bashy Quraishy, Shigeko Kubota, Sheela Patel, Minxin Pei, Mario Gomez, Mona Abousenna, Mourad Wahba, and Michael March.
January 2011, 189 pp., 24.- euros, ISBN 978-3-8329-5583-0
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