Understanding Cultural Traits

A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity

  • Fabrizio Panebianco
  • Emanuele Serrelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Fabrizio Panebianco, Emanuele Serrelli
    Pages 1-20
  3. Ugo E. M. Fabietti
    Pages 43-59
  4. Olivia Realdon, Valentino Zurloni
    Pages 117-134
  5. Stefano Malatesta, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg, Enrico Squarcina
    Pages 145-160
  6. Fabrizio Panebianco
    Pages 201-220
  7. Federica Da Milano, Nicoletta Puddu
    Pages 341-355
  8. Mariagrazia Portera, Lorenzo Bartalesi
    Pages 375-388
  9. Emanuele Serrelli
    Pages 403-410

About this book


This volume constitutes a first step towards an ever-deferred interdisciplinary dialogue on cultural traits. It offers a way to enter a representative sample of the intellectual diversity that surrounds this topic, and a means to stimulate innovative avenues of research. It stimulates critical thinking and awareness in the disciplines that need to conceptualize and study culture, cultural traits, and cultural diversity.   Culture is often defined and studied with an emphasis on cultural features. For UNESCO, “culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group”. But the very possibility of assuming the existence of cultural traits is not granted, and any serious evaluation of the notion of “cultural trait” requires the interrogation of several disciplines from cultural anthropology to linguistics, from psychology to sociology to musicology, and all areas of knowledge on culture. This book presents a strong multidisciplinary perspective that can help clarify the problems about cultural traits.


Concepts of Culture Cultural Anthropology Cultural Diversities Across and Within Cultures Cultural Frame Switching Cultural Traits and Transmission Cultural Transmission Geographical Bondaries Interdisciplinary Dialogue International Cooperation for Development Material Culture Social Learning Understanding Cultural Diversity Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabrizio Panebianco
    • 1
  • Emanuele Serrelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Paris School of EconomicsParisFrance
  2. 2.CISEPS-CenterforInterdisciplinaryStudiesUniversity of Milano - BicoccaMilanoItaly

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