Culture, "relationality", and global cooperation

Brigg, Morgan (2014) Culture, "relationality", and global cooperation. Global Cooperation Research Papers, 6 1-26. doi:10.14282/2198-0411-GCRP-6

Author Brigg, Morgan
Title Culture, "relationality", and global cooperation
Journal name Global Cooperation Research Papers
ISSN 2198-0411
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.14282/2198-0411-GCRP-6
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Place of publication Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Publisher Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract What is the relationship between cultural difference and global cooperation, and what challenges and opportunities does this relationship pose for cooperation research? This paper examines how culture is a potential resource for global cooperation while grappling with its enigmas and ambiguities. It explores the paradoxes of culture to argue that the partly unknowable character of the concept ‘culture’ may be an advantage for cooperation research rather than a problem to be solved. The paper casts culture and cultures as examples of a wider class of ‘relational’ phenomena that arise through interaction and that rely upon this interaction for their standing. This proposition foregrounds relations over entities, becoming over being, and dynamism over fixity in line with a range of contemporary philosophical developments and the burgeoning of interest in relationality. Thinking of culture in relational terms offers a way of modulating culture; of simultaneously respecting cultural difference and allowing that difference is a shared human resource. Relationality can be deployed to help facilitate cooperation by re-opening interaction within political, social, economic, and institutional arrangements, including through processes for generating relational and cooperative effects have been developed in the field of conflict resolution. However, doing so requires that the fields most obviously related to global cooperation (political science, international relations, and global governance) engage relational approaches at the limits of the precise sciences and through philosophy, religion, and non-western cultural traditions.
Keyword Culture
Cultural differece
Conflict resolution
Global governance
Cooperation research
Chaos theory
Non-western traditions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 12:31:14 EST by Morgan James Brigg on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies