International Cooperation and Cultural Transmission
This chapter discusses issues regarding cultural contact, planned interventions in developing countries, non-aligned readings and resistance to change in the international cooperation interventions. This study observes the process of cultural transformation fostered by development projects, moving from an ethnographic case study of a rural community in Mozambique. I analyze the difficulties practitioners of cooperation face in the dialogue with project’s beneficiaries, focusing on communication failures where divergent cognitive orientations represent a cultural obstacle. I conclude that such intercultural encounter often cause a fusion of cultures generating new lines of thoughts, becoming an important vector of cultural miscegenation and a facilitator of the diffusion of cultural traits between different geographical spaces.
KeywordsInternational cooperation Cultural transmission Quality of communication Western influence Development
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