Lebanon/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate  

4.2.4 Cultural diversity and inclusion policies

Culture in communities plays a creative role and provides a source of progress. Therefore it's important to focus on cultural diversity and freedom for groups and individuals. Cultural pluralism is a fundamental principle, it means that the concept of the nation will not be characterized with ethnic exclusion (Geip Haghoort: Art Administration, p 89), if we ensure equal chance for the diverse community cultures. However, intellectual and cultural discrimination prevail the Lebanese context, where each sect is sticks to its own identity. For instance, while the construction stipulates freedom of expression and belief and respect of individual privacy and belief, it does not consider the issue of citizenship and social cohesion.

Chapter published: 07-04-2016