Spirituality and intercultural development

Authored by: Daniel Hauge , David Paine , Elizabeth G. Ruffing , Steven Sandage

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315445489-23

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Abstract

As our world continues to be shaped by ever-increasing encounters between people of different cultural backgrounds, the need to address the challenges of intercultural engagement becomes crucial. The growing interconnectedness of our globalizing world demands skills and resources for developing intercultural relationships of mutual respect and benefit. Such relationships require openness to learning about cultural values and behavioral patterns different from one’s own, and a willingness to recognize one’s own cultural preferences as particular rather than universal. It also requires a commitment to examining the inequitable power dynamics that emerge from social structures historically grounded in the legacy of colonialism and Western white hegemony.

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