How to overcome grave misunderstanding when different cultures meet?

Andreas Héjj
2019 Képzés és Gyakorlat neveléstudományi folyóirat  
When different cultures meet it is usually the members of the other group that are considered rude because they do not behave in a way the first group would expect its own members to behave. Because the strangers' behaviour is strange and not in accordance with local expectations, it cannot be prognosticated what they are up to, so the locals will grow reserved and suspicious with the strangers. It is undoubted that tensions experienced more and more often in culturally and ethnically
more » ... thnically increasingly diverse societies of the 21st century pose a great responsibility to educational science. Luckily educational science can effectively contribute towards a peaceful coexistence of rather different cultures. Besides imparting an empathic knowledge of one's own and the other culture's traditions it can establish a concept of humankind that recognises the fellow human, even despite different values and habits, and even if their ideology or behaviour appears strange to us. A Native American Indian goes to a New York bar. The barman asks him: Well, how do you like life in our grand old city? The red man answers him with a question: And you, how do you like life in our ancient homeland? When different cultures meet it is usually the members of the other group that are considered rude because they do not behave in a way the first group would expect its own members to behave. Because the strangers' behaviour is strange and not in accordance with local expectations, it cannot be prognosticated what they are up to, so the locals will grow reserved and suspicious with the strangers. The results of social-and evolutionary psychology (e.g. Hejj
doi:10.17165/tp.2019.3-4.4 fatcat:ixeg5no3lzhqpjveibu37g7wyi