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ERIC Number: EJ903804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Existentialism, Globalisation and the Cultural Other
Sanderson, Gavin
International Education Journal, v4 n4 p1-20 2004
Globalisation is not a new phenomenon but the world has never before been subject to global forces that are characterised by such extensity, intensity, velocity and impact. Modern technology and communications effectively compress human time and space and we regard the world as a smaller place. One outcome of this has been greater contact with the "Cultural Other". No longer can we think of "strangers and the strange" as dislocated entities that are peripheral to our own lives. For this to be a positive experience for all parties, there are some shortcomings to acknowledge and some hurdles to overcome. Concisely, we have been inconsistent in our efforts to connect with the Cultural Other. Furthermore, current neo-liberal globalisation agendas would not seem to augur well for improving on this record. This paper examines our contemporary engagement with the Cultural Other from an existential perspective and introduces the idea of the "fear of the unknown" as a foundation of our difficulty in accepting Otherness. It also offers a way forward by means of the internationalisation of the self. (Contains 2 figures and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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