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Week 11: Working Cross-Culturally
How to engage?
Experience of Conflict
o Are cultural differences a primary factor?
o No - Analysis of personality, structural, and behavioural factors
Exploration of (culturally and contextually appropriate) options for
conflict management, resolution, and transformation
o Yes - Starting Points
Narratives, Identities, Worldviews
Exploration of (culturally and contextually appropriate) options for
conflict management, resolution, and transformation
o Usually culture matters more often then what we expect but there are times when
it does not matter as much
Dangers (review)
Cultural blindness
The “cultural monolith”, oversimplification, stereotyping, neglect of individual
personalities
Static conceptions of culture
Keys to cross-cultural conflict analysis:
Seeing ourselves through the eyes of others
Seeing others as they see themselves
Know thyself
o To be flexible and open we have to be comfortable with ourselves first and
understand our own authentic individuality
Suspend judgements
Seek to understand the coherence of another worldview
Ideas to Explore
CR as cultural activity
Culture as a resource
Cultural empathy as a value and analytical tool
Cultural humility as a source of wisdom and creativity
Cultural intelligence/competence as a goal and process
o A core skill in peace and conflict studies
In order to be effective peacemakers it is important to understand what peace is
How can we Develop Greater Cultural Competence?
One way of thinking about cultural competence is an emersion into a particular culture
Emerging yourself in another culture and becoming competent in that culture
A skill in engaging culturally with all sorts of diverse people
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