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The Appreciative perspective in multicultural relations

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Autori: Stefan Cojocaru

Editorial: Universitatea Babes Bolyai Cluj Napoca, S.C.I.R.I. & S.A.C.R.I., Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 10 Spring, p.36-48, 2005.


In this article, the principles of appreciative inquiry are used in order to mediate multicultural relations. Using the constructionism theory, I describe and analyze the theoretical articulations adopted to make sense of co-constructing the relationships between different people. I find that, instead of being applied as the sole theoretical foundation, constructionism principles have been incorporated in the appreciative inquiry principles, the effects of which should be the co-constructing of social reality by the interactions of different people. The paper draws on the process that appreciative inquiry perspective works for rebuilding the social relationships. Its main contribution is to show how theoretical complementarities using constructionism theory are promising avenues of research in the field of multiculturalism.

Cuvinte cheie: relatii multiculturale; schimbare sociala; actiunea cercetare; ancheta apreciativa // multicultural relations; social change; action research; appreciative inquiry