Global Citizens, Cross-Cultural Exchange and Individual Agency

By Borislava Manojlovic.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Humans communicate to bring forth meanings that they want to share with others; they crave communication and interaction, which makes them the social beings that they are. However, this interaction does not occur in a void but is rather actualized around salient themes. This article focuses on what happens when humans find themselves in contexts where their socio-cultural code do not apply and their models of communication and agency need to adapt. It observes that participating subjects strengthen their capacity to produce and share meaning across cultural divides by clustering around salient themes. Based on the analysis of the respondents’ narratives, this study uncovers the relevant skills and attitudes that make it possible for individuals to be actively involved in research in culturally diverse contexts as well as some of the major challenges that they need to overcome.

Keywords: Cross-Cultural Exchange, Cultural Models, Global Citizenship, Individual Agency

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 212.032KB).

Borislava Manojlovic

Research Associate and Drucie French Cumbie Fellow, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA

Borislava Manojlovic is a PhD Candidate, Research Associate and Drucie French Cumbie Fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. Her research focuses on cultural diversity, history education, memory and reconciliation. As a conflict resolution practitioner, she has worked for seven years with the UN and the OSCE missions in Croatia and Kosovo.

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