Define and research a contemporary intercultural conflict
Intercultural Conflict Analysis: You will define and research a contemporary intercultural conflict and write a 10-15 page paper addressing the underlying forms of cultural identity that inform the conflict. The paper will follow the format discussed above and will include no fewer than 5 peer reviewed journal articles or reports on the issue and no fewer than 2 mainstream newspaper or magazine discussions of the issue. Such global intercultural crises could include: Immigration and multiculturalism in Europe, the exploitation of immigrant labor in certain countries (Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, the United States, etc.), sex trafficking in Asia, the United States or the Balkans, social stratification in India, idioms framing the abortion debate, social upheaval in Ukraine or social and economic inequality in Latin America. The paper must seek to understand the underlying culture or ideological systems that inform different sides of a conflict. A hard copy must be turned in and an electronic copy submitted through Turnitin on Niihka.
include no fewer than 5 peer reviewed journal articles or reports on the issue and no fewer than 2 mainstream newspaper or magazine discussions of the issue.
Introduction to the class. Discussion on finding electronic reserve journals. Expectations. Overview of the readings.
Video: Stereotypes of Americans Studying Abroad.
The Anthropological Perspective. Evolution and Socio-culturally embedded individuals.
Perspectives on your place in the universe:
First World Problems at Forever 21:
An Interview with Jonathan Marks
A Discussion on a?Human Nature.a?
Robert Sapolsky, 2006. A Natural History of Peace. Foreign Affairs, 85(1). 12 pages.
Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans.
Eastern Culture vs Western Culture.
Principles of Intercultural Relations
Principle #1: Culture runs very deep
Principle #2: Culture is Communication
Principle #3: Cultures are abstractions not realities
Principle #4: Differences among groups are mutually co-constructed
Principle #5: We construct our identities in our everyday interactions with others.
Principle #6: Cultural misunderstandings reflect different underlying patterns for articulating identities.
Principle #7: The unit of analysis should be the intercultural encounter
Principle #8: Intercultural encounters always take place in a landscape contoured by power. (hegemony)
Video: Stephen Lansing Bali Water Temples