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Intercultural Conflict and Prejudice

International Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict

This organization, associated with the Conflict Research Consortium at the University of Colorado, hosts a website that deals with prejudice and discrimination. The site provides links to examples of intercultural conflicts such as the strife between Croats and Muslims, troubles in Northern Ireland, and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. It also features links for resources created to solve inter-group conflicts.


Dr. C. George Boeree discusses aspects of prejudice, including stereotyping and some of the underlying psychological underpinnings such as the emotional dissonance that are experienced through prejudical attitudes.

Beliefs, Ethnicity and Nationalism

This is a paper by David Little of the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, DC. It focuses on the role of religious and related forms of belief in the formation and mobilization of ethnic identity and nationalism. Drawing upon the work of Max Weber, and giving examples from case studies of Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Tibet, the essay proposes a partial explanation of the sources of intolerance, especially as intolerance relates to religious differences.

Cultural Barriers to Effective Communication

This is a web guide from the International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict from the University of Colorado. It features links about the study of communication and culture and three tours that examine conflicts in a multicultural environment, cross cultural communication strategies, and differences in values. Each of these tours provide related links.

A New Religous America: Managing Religious Diversity in A Democracy

Diana Eck explores problems of embracing diverersity in the US. Her remarks were presented as the keynote address to the MAAS International Conference on Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 20-21 2002. She examines three responses to diversity: exclusiveism, assimilation and pluralism as experienced in contemporary American society and through its history. She also observes how the need for a pluarlistic response is vital in the wake of the significant changes that have occured in American culture with the immigration of large numbers of people from around the globe and in the wake of the events of 9/11. Eck is the Direcor of the Harvard Pluralism Project.


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