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The Context of Dialogue

Globalization and Diversity

Tu Weiming

In this closing chapter, Tu Weiming addresses two compelling forces influencing the dilemmas of the human condition, namely, globalization and localization in a similar way as discussed by Tehranian (Chapter 27). He makes explicit that globalization is not homogenization and paradoxically heightens and accentuates local awareness. It is his contention that we must take seriously the presence of primordial ties (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, language, land, age, and faith) that make us concrete human beings in the process of globalization. He maintains that it is only through genuine dialogue as mutual learning that we will be able to achieve unity in diversity and build an integrated ...

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