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This Handbook documents different interpretations of transdisciplinarity that coexist; it also illustrates these in diverse situations using examples from all regions of the world. It presents global perspectives about transdisciplinarity and fills a gap in the literature on this vast subject. It includes cases of transdisciplinarity in many fields, from all regions of the world, and this is deemed necessary for at least two fundamental reasons. First, there is a need to connect and communicate between those who adhere to transdisciplinarity in different cultures, who publish in diverse languages, and work in various domains. Until now an Anglo-Germanic perspective has dominated contributions, whereas African, Asian, French, Latin American and Spanish language contributions (amongst others) have provided complementary perspectives often not included. This collection interprets ‘global’ as being much more than a synonym for international. It denotes a way of thinking that replaces segmentation, specialization and partial visions, by inclusive and multidimensional visions that recognize diversity, coexistence and plurality.

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