By Michelle LeBaron, Venashri Pillay
I might concur with the opposite reviewer that this a very good booklet for college kids exploring intercultural clash. one of many individuals, Tatsushi Arai, was once a professor of mine and we used this ebook in school. Take time to analyze professor Arai as he's an grand practioner and real chief in clash transformation within the box. This ebook is a brilliant publication to learn in addition to Liisa Malkki's "Purity in Exile". additionally, learn Vamik Volcan for extra intensity of the intergenerational mental root parts of clash. This e-book is an edited paintings so every bit stands a bit of by itself but they're all woven jointly through a bunch of authors that took nice attempt to make a cohesive paintings.
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It continues: a living, breathing part of our identities and our ways of being in the world. ” How can we invent ways forward if not informed by the lessons, hard-won as they may be, from the past? Culture is never static—its continuously changing nature and shapeshifting form confounds everything it touches. And culture is rich with nuance and humanity. It infuses our stories with meaning; our identities with connections. It gives us an anchor in the flux of a globalizing world. Far from wanting to leave culture at the door lest it cause difficulties, we care about it even more passionately as commodification and homogenization threaten to lessen its impact.
What is important is to recognize that conflict can occur over resources; over power, status, and hierarchy in relationships; or over deeper issues rooted in worldviews that inform how we organize and make sense of our communities and, ultimately, our lives. Conflicts that touch all three of these dimensions are the hardest to address. Conflicts are always cultural, since we are all cultural beings. Yet the very definition of conflict is challenging because of our cultural ways of seeing. This became very obvious in a series of interviews conducted as part of the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria, Canada in 1990–1993.
These starting points emphasize the degree of attention to the specific versus a more patterned, ambiguous focus. The specific orientation Culture: Exploring the River 41 values attention to efficiency, performance, task, and outcome, while the diffuse orientation values attention to process, relationships, and the big picture. These starting points also help explain conflict in dialogues where people come together to try to build understanding across differences. In a monthly dialogue group of pro-life and pro-choice advocates, tensions arose between those who were happy to get together month after month to share personal stories and explore various images of family and community, and those who wanted the group to take action on specific projects.