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University of Waterloo
Peace and Conflict Studies
PACS 327
Nathan Funk

Week 2Conflict and Conflict Resolution as Cultural ActivitiesThe Value of Failures Thomas and InksonFinding an opportunity for selfknowledgeDiscovering what makes us feel threatened or uncomfortableAccepting our limited knowledge of othersRecognizing how distinctive different groups can beAccepting that the bumps on the road to cultural adjustment can keep us awakeAppreciating that building real relationship across boundaries takes us beyond our comfort zonesReason to Engage Cross CulturallyConcern Culture is an important factor in ethnoreligious strife and other forms of identity conflictPragmatism Realities of cultural diversity raise questions How universal can CR practices beRespect Listening to voices that often go unheard Avoiding cultural imperialismEmpowerment Meeting people where they are at Need for culturally appropriate approaches Learning Cultural encounters are opportunities for mutual enrichment cross fertilization and personal growth
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