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A Conspiracy of Courtesy - CERES - 1974/1
by Joseph Ascroft

Courtesy requires that honored guests in African countries not be criticized; the result is a lack of communication between technical assistance personnel and local nationals that can seriously hamper development projects. It would seem, on the surface, that what is needed is: (a) to get an honest dialogue going between alien technical experts and local experienced officials, and (b) to infuse at least some tact and humility into the communication approaches of the young change agents so that they can work more effectively with their elders. However, to the professional specialist in communication, there is nothing simple about training people to question their own deep-seated beliefs and values, let alone training others to train still others to question and give up the customs and traditions of generations gone by.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 6 pages
Publisher: FAO (1974)
Location: Rome, Italy
Language: English
ISSN: 0009-0379

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