Conceptualising Culture in Conflict Resolution

Brigg, M. J. and Muller, K. (2009) Conceptualising Culture in Conflict Resolution. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 30 2: 121-140. doi:10.1080/07256860902766784

Author Brigg, M. J.
Muller, K.
Title Conceptualising Culture in Conflict Resolution
Journal name Journal of Intercultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0725-6868
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07256860902766784
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 140
Total pages 20
Editor Dr Tseen Khoo
Dr Vince Marotta
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 370103 Race and Ethnic Relations
379900 Other Studies in Human Society
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Abstract Challenges associated with the recent proliferation of cultural claims are exacerbated by the complex heritage and perplexities of the term culture. These difficulties lead those who are called to respond to cultural claims in conflict resolution and other fields to risk either overstating or devaluing human difference. Conflict resolution and culture scholar Kevin Avruch attempts to manage this problem by distinguishing between ‘political’ and ‘scientific’ uses of culture, but this strategy risks disavowing difference through an ethicopolitical dilemma with roots in European colonialism. Embracing and engaging the ambiguity of culture through Ernesto Laclau’s notion of the empty signifier suggests a more complete and self-reflexive way of conceptualising culture. This approach involves valuing ineffable human difference aside from claims to have or know culture, attending to the process of constituting culture, and opening to other ways of knowing human difference.
Keyword Avruch
conflict resolution
cultural differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Created: Mon, 14 Sep 2009, 22:03:20 EST by Elmari Louise Whyte on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies