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Little intercultural space – between the freedom of the individual and the co-creation of the common

Kristina Debenjak (2013) Little intercultural space – between the freedom of the individual and the co-creation of the common. Diploma thesis.

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    The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the wider social and cultural influences on the individual and the way of building communities in the contemporary society. This raises further important questions about social space and the harmonization between the freedom of the individual and the linking of individuals in the process of the co-creation of the common. The historical-political-cultural context which is to a great degree shaped by neoliberalism and postmodernity, largely influences the everyday life of the individual. The individual bears the burden of the responsibility of building and reflecting upon their own life project or biography, which is accompanied with continuous decision making and choosing, thereby being in the constant process of creating their own individuality and claiming freedom. The same mechanisms/processes are under way in the establishing of relationships and the building of communities – all of which are influenced by this era of constant change, transition and claims for freedom. The empirical part deals with and presents the ethnographic research of the project Little Intercultural Space. In this part, the generative themes and sensitizing concepts that had appeared and developed during the researcher's four months' stay and involvement in the Little Intercultural Space are presented. The Little Intercultural Space is presented as an example of rethinking topics of culture, living together, participation, transition, social space, commodity relationships and relationships of dialogue, the positioning of the individual in the contemporary communities and the process of the co-creation of the common. In the conclusion the opened themes, sensitizing concepts and the concluding findings of the research are being linked to other social/community spaces and social pedagogical "grassroots" projects. Some guidelines for the creation of such projects are being suggested.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: culture, interculturalism, community, social/community space, co-creation, dialogue, commodity relationships, positive freedom, ethnographic research, Little Intercultural Space
    Number of Pages: 147
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Špela RazpotnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9684809)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1602
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 12:08
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 12:08
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1602

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