UE When diversity becomes a problem : processes of 'othering' and building bridges

Degrees incorporating this pedagocial element :


Professionals in the field of development will undoubtedly be confronted with cultural differences that can be difficult to manage on a professional and an emotional level. However only too often differences are understood from the sole angle of culture and ethnicity, underestimating the impact of power assymmetry. This course will therefore start with a critique of Huntington's concepts of a clash of civilisations as an analytical framework to understand tensions and conflicts on a national and international level. After some field experiences in Grenoble, the class will critically analyse the idea of the incompatibility of cultures and will explore alternative frames of references drawing on the literature on race, class, gender and intersectionality.


Background in social sciences


1. Alexander, Jocelyn and McGregor, JoAnn(1997) 'Modernity and ethnicity in a frontier society: understanding difference in Northwestern Zimbabwe', Journal of Southern African Studies, 23: 2, 187 — 201
2. Bleich, Erik, Carolina Caeiro, and Sarah Luehrman. “State Responses to ‘Ethnic Riots’ in Liberal Democracies: Evidence from Western Europe.” European Political Science Review 2, no. 2 (2010): 269–95.
3. Dirsuweit, Teresa. “New Urbanism, Public Space and Spatial Justice in Johannesburg : The Case of 44 Stanley Ave.” Annales de Géographie n° 665–666, no. 1 (January 1, 2009): 76–93.
4. Dikeç, Mustafa. Badlands of the Republic : Space, Politics and Urban Policy. RGS-IBG Book Series. Malden Oxford: Blackwell publ, 2007.
5. Hancock, Claire, ‘The Republic is lived with an uncovered face’ (and a skirt): (un)dressing French citizens, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 2014
6. Kapuscinski, Ryszard “The Other”, Verso, London, 2010
7. Moisi, Dominique, “La Géopolitique de l'émotion”, Champs actuel, 2010
8. Soja, Edward William. Seeking Spatial Justice. Globalization and Community Series. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.