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  1. Introduction
  2. Culture
  3. How to get over the differences and conflicts between cultures?
  4. Cultural awareness and cultural integration
  5. Conclusion


Culture is a specific set of attitudes and perception that direct the way a community lives. There are very many cultural groups and orientations in the world today. These groups are based on specific homogenous attitudes or values shared by a community. From the definition, the factors may emanate from religion, ethnicity, education, gender or sexual orientation. For example, as a function of religion, culture has the potential to cause huge divides between people. The plight of the Jewishcommunitiesliving gin Europe in the modern era and the current differences between the Christians and the Muslimsdemonstrate the potential for culture as a function of religion, to cause huge rifts between people and culminate in conflict. When applied currently, cultural integration and awareness of the basis of other cultures has the potential to eliminate the differences caused by cultural differences.

It has long been established that differences between people have the effect of uniting them or creating differences (French 211). For example, in the History, differences in ethnicaffiliations have been the source of wars. For example, in the world wars, the British and the Germans were enemies by virtue of the ethnic differences. These differences expanded to include national interests and culminated in the wars. Therefore, an argument can be made for the differences between cultures fueling the most destructive interactions between people.

[...] The aspect of differences in beliefs and practices complicates the aspect of cultural integration. For example, in Muslim cultures, a man is allowed to have more than one wife provided he has the means to support them. In most other cultures, polygamy is unacceptable(Bonney 152). Therefore, intermarriages between members of different cultural affiliations are hard. Historically, political alliances and differences were often reduced by application of intermarriages. In contemporary times, the concept is harder to apply due to the relevance of individuality. [...]


[...] Closer home, the differences in ethnicity and rave have historically created barriers between American citizens. For example, the Caucasian race and the AfricanAmericans are traditionally on opposing ends. The result of these differences is a marginalization of the economically weaker community for the benefit of the other. In the US, this observation is valid in description of the differences between the Caucasians and the rest of the population. The high prevalence of crime in the AfricanAmericans, as reflected by the higher rates of criminal convictions is a function of differences in culture (LeBron 42). [...]


[...] French, Peter A. War and Border Crossings: Ethics When Cultures Clash. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Print. Moghaddam, Arshin. A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilizations: Them and Us beyond Orientalism Publ. ed. London: Hurst Print. [...]

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