Conflict Across Cultures: A Unique Experience of Bridging by Michelle LeBaron, Venashri Pillay

By Michelle LeBaron, Venashri Pillay

I'd concur with the opposite reviewer that this a good e-book for college kids exploring intercultural clash. one of many members, Tatsushi Arai, was once a professor of mine and we used this ebook at school. Take time to investigate professor Arai as he's an awesome practioner and precise chief in clash transformation within the box. This booklet is a smart publication to learn besides Liisa Malkki's "Purity in Exile". additionally, learn Vamik Volcan for extra intensity of the intergenerational mental root elements of clash. This e-book is an edited paintings so every bit stands a little by itself but they're all woven jointly by way of a gaggle of authors that took nice attempt to make a cohesive paintings.

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This is the million-dollar question, subject of everything from folk tales to academic treatises to talk shows. For our purposes, culture is the shared, often unspoken, understandings in a group. It is the underground rivers of meaning-making, the places where we make choices about what matters and how, that connect us to others in the groups to which we belong. It is the water in which fish swim, unaware of its effect on their vision. It is a series of lenses that shape what we see and don’t see, how we perceive and interpret, and where we draw boundaries.

We need starting points, as well as guiding lights, to ensure that we do not get lost along the way. Guiding Lights: Cultural Starting Points The question that arises is, “How do I understand my own cultural starting points, and those of other cultures, especially when it is clear that there can never be any comprehensive or definite description of a culture? ” What we offer in the remainder of this chapter are six cultural starting points to reduce the confusion and complexity that cultural differences bring to relationships: Ⅵ Ⅵ High Context – Low Context Individualism – Communitarianism Culture: Exploring the River Ⅵ Ⅵ Ⅵ Ⅵ 33 Universalism – Particularism Specificity – Diffuseness Sequential Time – Synchronous Time Low Power Distance – High Power Distance These starting points are sometimes called dimensions of culture (Hall 1976; Hofstede 1984).

Dying became internalized as a sorrowful, painful, colorless, and solemn experience. This internalized assumption remained unquestioned common sense until implicitly challenged by a very different way of relating to death. We can imagine that a Balut-Saranggani child who participated in her first funeral celebration received a different message about death, dying, and grieving. She internalized associations of joy, celebration, music, and brightness with death. For both Al, as a child, and this fictional Balut-Saranggani child we’ve imagined, these cultural messages became lifelong influences against which later experiences were measured.

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