The effective possibility (or impossibility) to implement some economic, social or political change in a specific cultural setting.
Many projects, under others so-called development projects, are elaborated by members of one culture for implementation in another culture. In numerous cases, this kind of planning is done without any serious research and understanding of the cultural (or even environmental) conditions of the recipient human groups. This includes for ex. values and norms, beliefs, traditional ways, etc…, including the deep reasons which explain and, in many cases, justify the former.
Frequently, the results are dreary.
This is a typical systemic problem whose root is the ignorance of deep differences between the mental frames of the proposers and the real stakeholders.
The main responsibility belongs however to the proposers, who are frequently themselves unaware of the limits of their own mental frames of interpretation
Such situation is a very general recipe for disaster, sometimes even in the long run for the counsellors themselves.
R. RODRIGUEZ ULLOA, who introduces this concept (1994) explains: "This implies that it is the culture of a specific society, as a whole, that must be able to accept, as significant and possible, some sequence of changes (p. 139)
It becomes indeed ever clearer that many societies reject plans of change, mainly introduced by international organizations because they are unable to understand them or to accept the disruptions that the projects provoke in their way of living or Weltanschauung
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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