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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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Becoming conscious of the ‘whole Mediterranean’: old cleavages and recent developments

Becoming conscious of the ‘whole Mediterranean’: old cleavages and recent developments

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(p.75) Four Becoming conscious of the ‘whole Mediterranean’: old cleavages and recent developments
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Ageing in the Mediterranean
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Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.003.0004

By looking at the unsuccessful attempts of European policies to promote a lasting cooperation with the Mediterranean, the contribution tries to give a long term picture about the difficulties to bring the “whole Mediterranean” to the attention of social research. Often, by using the term “Mediterranean”, only the Northern countries of this region are considered, the Arabian countries are usually neglected. By following historically the conflicts and misperceptions between the “North” and the “South” it is possible to reconstruct a changing self-evaluation and external assessment of this divide. Newer publications are visualizing a new Mediterranean thinking which would put the emphasis on slowness, on autonomy, on connectedness to the sea, in order to introduce a new style of living contrasted to the Northern way of social organization.

Keywords:   Mediterranean regions, Northern countries of Mediterranean, Southern countries of Mediterranean, assessment of the divide, autonomy, social organisation

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