ERIC Number: ED347842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Africa in the "New World Order": Old Assumptions, Myths, and Reality.
Old stereotypes and prejudices about Africa and Africans are addressed in this paper on globalizing the business curriculum and internationalizing the training of professionals. It is noted that Africa continues to suffer from a tradition of neglect that includes a historical, systematic exclusion from the rest of the world. Examples from the works of Western scholars and the media are cited that perpetuate the stereotypes and misunderstandings. Themes and objectives are presented that should underlie any teaching about Africa. They include the following: the distinction between myth and fact; all peoples have a significant past; all peoples must deal with similar basic problems; the importance of family and kinship in shaping a society's structure and character; characteristics of a society that are related to the physical environment; differing cultural patterns; and patterns of acceptable individual and group behavior and means for their enforcement. Instructional units are suggested. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Africa; New World Order
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 25-28, 1992). Appendices have uneven type quality.