Expanding dialogical analysis across (sub-) cultural backgrounds

Mogens Jensen, Danilo Silva Guimarães

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This paper aims to develop a diagram as a tool for analysing empirical data concerning
the issue of difference of subcultural backgrounds and worldviews in the dialogue and
its implications to the psychological practice in social work. From a theoretical view on
dialogical and cultural psychology, we will trace the roots of selected contemporary
dialogical and social representation theories and elaborate on it how distinct subcultures
of interlocutors can produce misunderstandings when the professional interprets
the utterance of the other. Focusing the social pedagogic practice, we will approach
dialogues between people that belong to different cultural contexts as instances of the
challenges in the communication, i.e. pedagogues and adolescents, doctors and patients,
people belonging to different societies, etc. We argue that the theoretical approach
presented and discussed here is part of a general understanding of communication
processes, showing that despite mutual understanding will never be fully achieved in
a dialogical situation, the possibility of sharing meanings and senses depends on the
effort to take into consideration the worldview of the other in the background of what
is presently uttered.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture & Psychology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)403-417
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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