Put differently and in the words of David Augsburger (1992), it is a clash between a low-context (individualistic) culture and a high-context (collectivistic) culture.
In other words, how could the lessons learned from John Kerry’s August 23, 2016 diplomatic visit to Nigeria shape our understanding of culture, conflict and conflict resolution?
In the end, the essay recommends practical lessons for intercultural or cross-cultural negotiation, mediation and other forms of conflict resolution.
At that time, I was fascinated by Ricoeur’s philosophical writings on the science and art of interpretation and understanding of cultural elements, particularly cultural symbols.
For this reason, I became his ardent and staunch disciple.
In doing so, the essay seeks to explore the answers to the following four questions: What is the place of culture in conflict and conflict resolution?
In other words, how could the lessons learned from John Kerry’s recent visit to Nigeria shape our understanding of culture, conflict and conflict resolution?Augsburger’s (1992) “Conflict Mediation Across Cultures” and Moore and Woodrow’s (2004) article, “Mapping Cultures: Strategies for Effective Intercultural Negotiations,” are very handy, relevant and important in that they not only lay out the theoretical principles underlying culture, they also outline practical ideas for resolving and mediating culture-based conflicts.These theories, and conflict resolution approaches to culture-based conflicts, will be carefully analyzed in the next section of this essay.This essay, however, does not seek to repeat the above-mentioned aspects of our class presentation , that is, word for word.Instead, the goal of the essay is to critically and deeply reflect on and analyze the most relevant themes, insights and questions that emerged from the readings and class discussions, and to reexamine one of the real-life conflict situations that was discussed during the presentation.I had the privilege of reading “The Symbolism of Evil” (Ricoeur, 1967), “Hermeneutics and Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation” (Ricoeur, 1981), “The Conflict of Interpretations: Essays in Hermeneutics” (Ricoeur, 1974), “Freedom and Nature: The Voluntary and the Involuntary” (Ricoeur, 1966), “History and Truth Ricoeur,1965), “The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning in Language” (Ricoeur, 1977), and “Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning” (Ricoeur, 1976).In addition to Paul Ricoeur’s works, I developed interest in Ernst Cassirer’s (1979) “Symbol, Myth and Culture” as well as the bestselling and widely read “Things Fall Apart,” a novel written by Chinua (1959) which narrates two seemingly distinct but interrelated stories about culture and conflict.By Basil Ugorji Copyright © 2016 International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation All rights reserved.(November 29, 2016)Download Culture and Conflict Resolution: When a Low-context Culture and a High-context Culture Collide, What Happens? The goal of this essay is to critically and deeply reflect on the most important themes, insights and questions on approaches to culture, conflict and conflict resolution.To achieve this goal, the essay explores answers to four relevant questions: What is the place of culture in conflict and conflict resolution?It is a good thing to postulate cultural arguments, especially from the hermeneutic perspective.Moreover, it is better to show both the cultural arguments and the practical steps through which conflicts with cultural elements could be resolved.