Differentiating Culture – Part 2

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

Thank you to the Racial Equality and Diversity Section of Catholic Charities USA for this opportunity!

A review of Part 1…

What is culture?
“It is the story-formed patterns of shared perception and learned behavior” (GPC).

 STORY-FORMED  PATTERNS  SHARED – LEARNED  PERCEPTION  BEHAVIOR

H o c w u l d t e u e r p e ? i s

Outward observable behavior

Sociocultural institutions

Identity

Values
Worldview

Metanarrativ e

“Culture hides much more than it reveals, and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants” (Edward T. Hall, 1990, p. 29).

Cultural differences

What is essentialism?
“It is an unfitting faulty assumption that a group of people has a fixed set of requisite attributes essential to the essence of the group (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or race).”

Salman Rushdie asserts that essentialism “demands that sources, forms, style, language and symbol all derive from a supposedly homogeneous and unbroken tradition” (Commonwealth Literature Does Not Exist, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1991, 67).

How has essentialism been used wrongly?
 A person of Chinese descent may not hold a government position of authority in Indonesia.  Denying Black-Americans admission to…  A country club guideline that bars Jews from membership.  In 2015, women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to vote.

An illegitimate denial of access…

How to differentiate culture but avoid essentialism?
Denying or minimizing differences is not a solution.

How to differentiate culture but avoid essentialism? Apply
generalizations appropriately…I may be able to say what people will do in the aggregate across time but I cannot say what one person would do at a moment

How to differentiate culture but avoid essentialism?
My attitude is the key!

How to differentiate culture but avoid essentialism?
It is appropriate to examine structures to determine bias…that is intentional or hidden and outside of people’s awareness.

How to differentiate culture but avoid essentialism?
Discussion from participants…

Part 2 - Apply the intercultural insights from Differentiating Culture – Part 1 to three practical ministry situations.

1. How to facilitate a meeting in a setting of cross-cultural differences:
 Participants who are high-context communicators and concrete relational thinkers  Participants who are "face" saving

Differentiating Culture – Part 2





Differentiating Culture – Part 2

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 Participants who are "face" saving

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

 Participants who are not "face" saving

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

2. How to resolve conflict across cultures using the roles of topic, relationships, identity, and process (TRIP)

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

2. How to resolve conflict across cultures using the roles of topic, relationships, identity, and process (TRIP)

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

1. How to facilitate a meeting in a setting of cross-cultural differences:
 Participants who are high-context communicators and concrete relational thinkers  Participants who are "face" saving

Differentiating Culture – Part 2

2. How to resolve conflict across cultures using the roles of topic, relationships, identity, and process (TRIP) 3. How to solve problems using the Popular

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