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Ethnocentrism and Xenophofia in Bosnia and Herzegovina Implication on Cross-cultural Education

TitleEthnocentrism and Xenophofia in Bosnia and Herzegovina Implication on Cross-cultural Education
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBrankovic, A, Draganovic, V
Conference Name1st International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
VolumeLinguistic and Cultural Diversities within Learning Communities
PublisherInternational Burch University Press

World is full of people, group, nations, who think, feel and act differently. However, all these people in global world have to cooperate in order to solve global warming, poverty, terrorism, swain or avian flu, AIDS, pollution, extintion of animals, economic problems. In global economy customers, partners, suppliers, workers come from different location. People, groups and nations must have awareness of cultural differences and have ability to work with people from diverse background.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a place where many cultures encountered. The country population has a distinct ethnic and confessional composition consisting of Bosniak (44%), Serb (31%), and Croat (17%) and other ethnicities (8%), of Muslim (40%), Orthodox (31%), Roman Catolic (15%) and other religions (14%). People are closed in their ethnic and confessional groups, as a result of the war and nourish fear, anger and hate. It has strong and negative implication on education.

The aim of this paper is to research ethnocentrism, xenophobia and social trust in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its implication on education. Secondary research will be done based on UN, OSCE and media reports. Primary research will be done using as a target group students from International University Sarajevo. Inductive method of expert system will be applied to analyze the questionnaire. Recommendations for overcoming this situation will be made in

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