World Culture Project Publications For Sale

The Character of Culture
Examines many different concepts and definitions of culture and makes the case for a holistic understanding of culture.

The Challenge of Cultural Development
Examines the necessity, character, centrality, process and future of cultural development.

The Cosmological Conception of Culture
Examines "sixteen focal points of cultural analysis" related to culture, cultures and Canadian culture as worldviews or ordered wholes.

The Cultural Personality
Examines the context, concept, characteristics, cultivation and conduct of a new prototype of the human personality called "the cultural personality."

The Character of Canadian Culture
Examines many different concepts and definitions of Canada's culture and makes the case for a holistic understanding of Canadian culture.

Canadian Culture: Key to Canada's Future Development
Examines the concept, content, reality, centrality, development and future of Canadian culture from a domestic perspective.

Canada's International Cultural Relations: Key to Canada's Role in the World
Examines the context, substance, cultivation and future of Canadian culture from an international perspective.

Culture and Politics in Canada: Towards a Culture for all Canadians
Examines the complex connection between culture and politics in Canada from a historical, contemporary and future perspective.

Book: Celebrating Canadian Creativity

Celebrating Canadian Creativity documents the fact that Canadians are incredibly creative people and have been throughout their history in virtually all sectors of Canadian cultural life, from food, clothing, shelter, transportation, communications, and health care to the arts, sports, sciences, recreation, and the natural environment.

Preface    Table Of Contents    Ordering Information

Book: Secrets of Culture

The Secrets of Culture is based on my conviction that we need to move out of the present economic age and into a future cultural age. In order to do this, it is necessary to unlock and capitalize on all the diverse and dynamic secrets of culture.

The book describes the long and fascinating journey I have had over the course of my life to achieve this objective and make the case for a cultural age. It begins with a project I did in public school on Marco Polo, and ends with my quest to live a cultural life today.

Preface    Table Of Contents    Reviews    Ordering Information

Book: The Age of Culture

The Age of Culture is concerned with why a cultural age is necessary, how it can be achieved, and what its basic goals and priorities would be. It is divided into three parts: Prerequisites for a Cultural Age; Fundamentals of a Cultural Age; and Glimpses into a Cultural Age.

The book is based on the conviction that culture holds the key to making it possible for all people and all countries in the world to enjoy reasonable standards of living and a decent quality of life with straining the world’s fragile eco-systems, limited resources, and finite carrying capacity to the breaking point.

In order to achieve this, it is necessary to adopt a cultural worldview and model of development, create a new environmental reality, fulfill human needs in all areas of life, create an effective balance between the material and non-material dimensions of life, and realize a great deal more caring, sharing, compassion, and cooperation in the world.

Preface    Table Of Contents    Reviews    Ordering Information

Book: Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age

In Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age, D. Paul Schafer subjects two of the most powerful forces in the world – economics and culture – to a detailed and historically sensitive analysis. He argues that the economic age has produced a great deal of wealth and unleashed tremendous productive power; however, it is not capable of coming to grips with the problems threatening human and non-human life on this planet. After tracing the evolution of the economic age from the publication of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations in 1776 to the present, he turns his attention to culture, examining it both as a concept and as a reality. What emerges is a portrait of the world system of the future where culture is the central focus of development. According to Schafer, making the transition from an economic age to a cultural age is imperative if global harmony, environmental sustainability, economic viability, and human well-being are to be achieved.

D. Paul Schafer has worked in the cultural field for four decades, taught at York University and the University of Toronto, and undertaken a number of missions for UNESCO. He is the author of many publications on culture and the arts, and is director of the World Culture Project.

Table Of Contents    Reviews    Ordering Information

In this video, D. Paul Schafer presents the main points in his book, Revolution or Renaissance, to an audience at the University of Guelph. The presentation was also seen live via webscast at the University of Malmo in Sweden. It was recorded on March 14, 2009 during the seminar Media, Conflict and Development organized by Malmo’s Communication for Development Program.

University of Ottawa Press Blog    Video    Interview part 1    Interview part 2   

Book: Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age (Chinese Edition)

Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age has been published in Chinese by the Social Sciences Academic Press in Beijing under the title Economic Revolution or Cultural Renaissance. It makes the case that the present economic age is not capable of coming to grips with the fundamental problems confronting humanity. In order to achieve this, a cultural age is required. This age would make it possible to achieve ecological sustainability, human well-being and international progress by making culture, cultures, and cultural development the centrepiece of world development, developing culture and cultures in breadth and depth, situating culture and cultures effectively in the natural, historical and global environment, and using a cultural model of development to guide public and private decision-making. To acquire information about the book in Chinese, please click dangdang.com.

Table Of Contents    Prologue    Review    Ordering Information


Book: Culture - Beacon Of The Future

Culture is central to everything we do and think. Yet, most of us have only a hazy understanding of culture and do not realize how it affects individual, institutional, community, regional, national and international affairs.

Culture - Beacon of the Future addresses this problem by delving deeply into the domain of culture in general and cultures in particular. The author, D. Paul Schafer, draws on numerous disciplines - the arts, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cosmology, ecology, history, politics, economics and the environment - to make the case that culture and cultures should be accorded a central role in global development and human affairs.

Preface    Table Of Contents    Reviews    Ordering Information


Book: Culture - Beacon Of The Future (Chinese Edition)

Culture - Beacon of the Future has just been published in Chinese by the Social Sciences Academic Press in Beijing. To acquire information about the book in Chinese, please click dangdang.com.

Culture is central to everything we do and think. Yet, most of us have only a hazy understanding of culture and do not realize how it affects individual, institutional, community, regional, national and international affairs.

Culture - Beacon of the Future addresses this problem by delving deeply into the domain of culture in general and cultures in particular. The author, D. Paul Schafer, draws on numerous disciplines - the arts, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cosmology, ecology, history, politics, economics and the environment - to make the case that culture and cultures should be accorded a central role in global development and human affairs.

Preface    Table Of Contents    Ordering Information


Articles Relevant To The Project

JOURNAL ARTICLES

"Towards a New World Order: The Age of Culture,"
Cultures 2(3) (Paris: The UNESCO Press and La Baconnière, 1975), pp. 13-29

"The Age of Culture: Prospects and Implications,"
Cultures 2(4) (Paris: The UNESCO Press and la Baconnière, 1975), pp. 13-34.

"The Culturescape: Self-Awareness of Communities,"
Cultures 5(1) (Paris: The UNESCO Press and la Baconnière, 1978), pp. 33-61.

"Culture and Cosmos: The Role of Culture in the World of the Future,"
Cultures 7(2) (Paris: The UNESCO Press and la Baconnière, 1980), pp. 35-58.

"The New World Order: A Contribution to the World Decade for Cultural Development"
Major Programme I. Reflection on World Problems and Future-Oriented Studies (Paris: UNESCO Bureau of Studies and Programming, 1988).

"Culture - Beacon of the Future."
Razvoj Development International. Vol. VI. Nos. 2-3, July-December 1991. Institute for Development and International Relations. Zagreb. (1991).

"Municipalities and Regions: Powerful Forces in a Dynamic World."
Décentralisation, Régionalisation et Action Culturelle Municipale: Actes du Colloque. November 12-14. 1992. Chaire De Gestion Des Arts. École Des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal. 1992. Montréal (1992).

"The Evolution and Character of the Concept of Culture."
World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. Volume 38. Number 4. 1993. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers. Yverdon. (1993).

"Cultures and Economies: Irresistible Forces Encounter Immovable Objects."
Futures: The Journal of Forecasting, Planning and Policy. Volume 26. Number 8. October. 1994. Butterworth-Heinemann. Oxford. (1994).

"Towards a New World System: A Cultural Perspective."
Futures: The Journal of Forecasting, Planning And Policy. Volume 28. Number 3. April 1996. Elsevier Science Ltd/Pergamon. Exeter (1996).

"Towards a New World System: A Cultural Perspective."
Article prepared for the First World Culturelink Conference. Zagreb. June 1995. Published in Biserka Cvjeticanin (editor) Dynamics of Communication and Cultural Change: The Role of Networks. Institute for International Relations. Zagreb. (1996).

"The Millennium Challenge: Making the Transition from an "Economic Age" to a "Cultural Age."
World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. Volume 51. Number 3-4. (1998). Overseas Publishers Association and Gordon and Breach Publishers. (1998).

"The Context of Cultural Administration and Policy and the Case for Culture."
Culturelink. No. 24. April 1998. Institute for International Relations. Zagreb. (1998)

"A New Model of Development for the New Millennium."
World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. Volume 55, pp.293-328. (2000).

"Culture and Cultures: Key Learning Requirements for the Future"
http://www.creatinglearning communities.org (click on new chapters)

"Diversity and Sustainable Development: Contemporary Concerns or Permanent Realities?"
Special Issue 2002/2003 on Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development. CULTURELINK/IMO. Zagreb. (2003).

"A New System of Politics: Government, Governance, and Political Decision-making in the Twenty-first Century."
World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. Volume 61. Number 7. October-November. (2005).