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

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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.

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Background in social sciences