By H. Ned Seelye
During this textual content, the authors recognize the stresses universal to those that pass or survive cultural barriers. They define a relaxed, fit solution to coexist with contributors from various backgrounds, and supply suggestion on resolving clashes in cultures and values.
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Extra resources for Between cultures: developing self-identity in a world of diversity
Page 7 Located in the middle of Mali in West Africa, Timbuktu has a population of about 20,000, three-quarters of whom are Islamic. Most inhabitants speak Bambara and/or French, but Senoufo, Sarakolle, Tuareg, and Arabic are also spoken. No red-blooded Timbuktuan expects short-term visitors to know much about them, their culture, or their language. But if your mind, as well as your body, regularly crosses cultural boundaries, and if you care about behaving more or less appropriately in each cultural setting (different latitudes, different attitudes), then you feel the pull.
This is the paradoxical nature of all boundaries. They both separate and connect (Flemons, 1991). What's in a Name? Words can make you feel glad or bad. The social order can even deprive people of their dignityor personhoodif they do not fit into existing socially acceptable verbally labeled categories. An example of this is that in France, everyone, irrespective of religion or national origin, has to choose first names for their French-born children that are taken from a government list of French names of Catholic saints; it is against the law to do otherwise!
It increases the variety of shared genes. Cultural Diversity Intermarriage is also good from a cultural vantage point. Cultural diversity enriches our ability to survive. Just as "irrelevant" genetic mutations may be on call within our DNA, individuals with different cultural viewpoints are on call within our societies to aid the group in adjusting to life's changing conditions. Diverse, multiple perspectiveseven unpopular onesoffer humans an important mechanism for survival. Page 17 Skill in developing multiple perspectives is present abundantly among individuals who have been raised with roots in different cultural traditions.
Between cultures: developing self-identity in a world of diversity by H. Ned Seelye