Exploring the Diversity of Worldviews in South Africa
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This chapter untangles the various strands of worldview held by the respondents in the study by drawing on the worldview attributes described in Chapters 3 and 4, namely: one’s ontological orientation, unit of survival and accountability, form of social organisation, and activity and temporal orientation. It explores how worldviews can be similar yet quite different at the same time; fixed, flexible and able to change. It raises questions about how peace-building interventions are contextualised and the impact that different social values might have on the goal of reconciliation. Recognising that identities shift over time, the worldviews represented by the respondents are a window into the diversity of South African identities at a given point in time.
KeywordsWorldview attributes South Africa Ontology Collectivism Individualism Systems of meaning-making
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