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Chapter 11: Bridging Divides Through Dialogue: Transforming Our Spaces of Misunderstanding

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Bridging Divides Through Dialogue: Transforming Our Spaces of Misunderstanding
Bridging divides through dialogue: Transforming our spaces of misunderstanding

What is a divide? There are always going to be differences between individuals and between groups, such as age, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Such differences can enrich our lives. However, just like the North American Great Basin is slowly widening and spreading California further and further apart from the Wasatch Front of Utah, any difference between people can become wider, and this widening space can be filled with misunderstanding, stereotyping, oppression, and even overt violence.

Often, sociohistorical trauma helps widen differences into divides. When people are mistreated because of their age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other difference, then greater spaces of misunderstanding tend to form. These ...

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