Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Understanding Multicultural Communication and Cooperation through Multicultural Dobrogea

Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Understanding Multicultural Communication and Cooperation through Multicultural Dobrogea

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Abstract An ethnic mosaic - this is the ivy Dobmgea has been described at the beginning of the XXth century. Together with the Romanian people, in Romania live other ethnic groups, each with its specific tradition, culture and nligion. This article highlights the uniqueness of multiculturalphenomenon, demonstrating the possibility ofi harmonious intercultural cohabitation as a model that can provide an algorithm for the inteipretation of intercultural communication and cooperation. The pychobgical sodological and historical inteipretation provides an overview of the phenomenon addressed.

At European level we search for solutions to improve multicultural environment. It is necessary that solutions be foundjust inside the European multicultural space and adapted to each scenario individually.

Keywords: Co-ethnicity, multiculturalism, Dobmgea, social learning

1. Introduction

There are many concerns about the issue of multi-ethnicity and relations between different ethnic groups today (Modood, 2013; Joppke, 2004; Parvin, 2009; Fesja, 2012; Otovescu, 2012; Nicolaescu, 2012) or networks of communication created during modern times (Mircea, R., & Dragoi, V., 2008; Vladutescu, 2012). Most authors report the problem from the perspective of multiculturalism in the European space and believes that current policies and approaches are required to state specifically the lack of cohesion due to existing ethnic mosaic. Possible solutions are advanced such as intercultural education, measures that will be addressed in this paper. Contemporary world is traversed by ethnic conflict and identity crisis and this is so obvious that it need not prove. Tragic events of September 11, 2001 fall on the same phenomenology.

Both Europe (Eastern and Western) have their common cultural sources in Greek literature, lewish religion and Roman law. Rivers surging from a single parted, but to irrigate lands of spiritual and different histories, bringing to flow into two distinct life meaning two models.

Even if critics of multiculturalism (such as Rubin, M., Watt, S. E., & Ramelli, M., 2012) may argue against cultural integration of different ethnic and cultural groups to the existing laws and values of the country, this idea cannot be a model of judging the whole phenomena. Alternatively critics may argue for assimilation of different ethnic and cultural groups to a single national identity but this is not the situation of imposing another identity but it is a matter of choice.

2. Communication and cooperation in Dobrogea - a model of understanding multiculturalism

To apply the concepts described in the concrete reality of intercultural relations in contemporary Romania is first necessary to more precisely circumscribe the content of these relations. In this regard, it stand out two fundamental dimensions that define polarized communities and intercultural relations in Romania: ethnicity, national membership actually ethnically, reflected by the concept of "national minority", and religion without the two dimensions that there is a total overlap. In terms of ethnic relations, can be observed three categories well differentiated: the case of relations with the Hungarian minority, the Roma minority and relations with all other national minorities publicly stated. In the interfaith relations, traditionally, on the one hand, the majority Orthodox church relations with other faiths in general and, on the other hand, relations orthodoxy - Catholicism, reflected primarily by the Greek-Catholic relations. Of course, this classification is inevitably simplistic but it is relevant to guide analysis of the causes and dynamics of intercultural relations, while recognizing the high degree of variability present within each of the categories considered. We further analyze each case from two perspectives: that of the majority and the minority. Findings set out are based greatly and performed by Intercultural Institute activities, media coverage of this issue and some empirical studies. …

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