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Definitions for polycentrism
ˌpɒl iˈsɛn trɪz əmpo·ly·cen·trism

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  1. polycentrismnoun

    a political or cultural system which contains many different centres, especially centres of authority or control

  2. polycentrismnoun

    the existence of multiple central parts

  3. polycentrismnoun

    the existence of more than one culture in a particular country or region

  4. Etymology: * poly + centre + -ism


  1. Polycentrism

    Polycentrism is the principle of organization of a region around several political, social or financial centres. Examples of polycentric cities include the Ruhr area in Germany, and Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. Today, the former is a large city that grew from a dozen smaller cities, the latter a federation of six smaller towns. As a result, these "cities" have no single centre, but several. Other examples are Randstad in the Netherlands or Greater Boston in the United States. A county is said to be polycentric if its population is distributed almost evenly among several centres in different parts of the county. The theory of polycentrism was coined by Palmiro Togliatti and was understood as characterization of working conditions of communist parties in comparison between different countries after the de-stalinization in the former Soviet Union 1956. Later the term polycentrism was extended and used for a system with several centres, as unity in diversity. In intercultural competence the term polycentrism is understood as attitude and openness towards other cultures, opinions and ways of life: when intercultural actions and correlations are interpreted not only with the background of own cultural experiences, but when the independence of other cultures is recognized and appreciated and when cultural values are relativized and seen in the whole context. This in the way of non-ethnocentrism, opposite to ethnocentrism.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polycentrism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polycentrism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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