London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Intercultural Dialogue as a Basis for the Development of Citizenship

Author(s) Chehlova, Z.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
Intercultural dialogue is a key factor in the education of citizens: the acknowledgement of equal rights and equal value of other individuals who have a different culture and world outlook. Understanding these differences, and accepting them, is the basis for any multicultural society, including Latvia. Latvia is a multicultural society in which various minority ethnic communities live alongside the title nation. In conditions of social and political transformations, the ethnic and cultural minorities experience a crisis of social identity, which manifests itself as ‘the stress of acculturation’ the psychological essence of which is the disruption of the close ties between positive ethno-cultural identity and ethno-cultural citizenship.

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