Current Sustainable Social Crisis in the West

The political, cultural and financial and economic dominance of the West the past centuries and in particular the last neo-liberal decades has shown that endless growth without vision does not lead to social sustainable development but rather ethical decay. 


The current problems of economic refugees, integration, clashing cultures and religions is often related to former global exploitation, cultural domination and oppression as a result of the last decades the unlimited colonialism, globalism and mass communication. 


Hence, our first focus on the ecconomische and political aspects of the current crisis and the missing vision to socially sustainable approach.


In addition, we wish to highlight the role of art and culture as confrontation and inspiration to free social sustainable communities. 


      The conversation-Oilpainting on linen-210×080-Trees de Boer

De metamorfose van de crisis

The metamorphosis of the crisis shortly after the start of the financial crisis of 2008 collects the sociologist Manuel Castells in the wealthy Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation at the request of a small group of international topintellectuelen around to think deeper about the crisis. While the crisis emerged and ever new forms, baptizes Castells Network his group ‘ The Aftermath ‘, which, according to him, a reference to the new world from the ashes of the crisis.

From the beginning, the members of the network the Aftermath review that this is not just a financial and economic crisis, but also a social and cultural crisis that a fundamental change of the European and American societies. Also the role of the media, political parties and new geopolitical proportions may not be excluded.


Intussenverandert the profound crisis of character. Manuel Castells (sociologist, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona & University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Terhi Rantanen (communication scientist, LSE, London), Michel Wieviorka (sociologist, EHESS, Paris), Sarah Banet-Weiser (cultural scientist, University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Rosalind Williams (historian, MIT, Boston) and John Thompson (sociologist, University of Cambridge) analyze the crisis in all its manifestations and offer new, surprising perspectives.


How is it possible that, five years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent rescue of banks with public money, public sector moans under extreme cuts while the banking sector continues to make big profits? What is the one with the other? What exactly is going on? Who are the perpetrators and the victims? What are the cultural, social and political consequences? And there is besides an economic analysis of ‘ ups and downs as usual ‘ not also a very different story to tell about this crisis?


VPRO backlight: metamorphosis-from-a-crisis: from denial of a crisis in the West end of financial crisis through employment crisis, banking crisis, debt crisis, to European-, political-and euro crisis backlight spoke to twelve of the fourteen members of the Aftermath Network.(Audio and transcripts of all interviews under)


-Sarah Banet Weisser-Mediawetenschapper

Manuel Castells-Socioloog

-Terhi Rantanen-Mediawetenschapper

-Craigh Calhoun-Socioloog

-Pekka Himanen-Filosoof

-John Tompson-Socioloog

-Joao Caraca-Hoofd wetenschap Gulbenkian Foundation

-You Tien Hsing-Politiek Econoom

-Michel Wieviorka-Socioloog

-Gustavo Cardosa-Socioloog

-Ernesto Ottone-Politicoloog

-Rosalind Williams-Historicus

 Art collections as communication tool for socially sustainable vision and policy