Interdependencies and Exchange
Edited by Ágnes Kövér and Gaby Franger
Chapter 6: Acting together – means of creative transformation of social conflict
In the chapter the author discusses the basic concepts of social conflict, with a special emphasis on the problem of otherness. In the context of the recent migration crisis, the constructs of the stranger, migrant and alien are discussed. The resolution of social conflicts needs special skills to be developed. Some best practices of conflict resolution such as Circles of Tolerance in Hungary, Theater of Witness in Northern Ireland, and Not in Our Town in the US are presented. These practices stimulate students’ interest in the topics and motivate them to act accordingly in their communities and in contemporary society, especially concerning vulnerable groups. The university program introduced here aims to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of adverse social phenomena and their underlying social reasons and possible interventions. The chapter depicts the program that enables students to discuss controversial issues and work with more understanding on related topics, critically examining the theoretical concepts learned in a given context.
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