Blog post #5 The intercultural paradox Wendy van der Meulen

The us-them dynamics described in the article applies to our research in a few ways:

  • The cultural differences between the team members create some kind of barrier inside the intercultural groups that always needs to be considered when looking for global connections in the community, because what we think might be a global connection, they might not know about.
  • When looking for for example political connections, the difference in what it means to vote for something is very big and what we might think are really bad decisions, might not be so bad for that specific place, so this is something to consider too.

The communicative moral universalism¬†concept can be described as follows: a way of thinking about other persons that doesn’t assume anything other than the fact that these people are different from oneself and that that’s okay, but that you are¬†allowed to have an opinion too. Working together with other people therefore only works if both people work together to get to know each other’s differences.

In our classroom, this concept can be applied in a way that you do not assume anything but really get to know the people you are working with on a personal level, together with their customs. Like this, you can find cultural differences, but also cultural similarities that could be evidence of globalisation.

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