In this section you will find some theoretical input, videos and method sheets to explore how cultural differences affect the way we think and feel about relationships and intimacy. This work is based on Margalit Cohen Emerique’s intercultural approach that takes as central concept “culture shock”, but the activities we present were developed by members of the IRIS team.
We propose three different ways of learning through and with culture shocks:
1. Read our collection of analysed culture shocks or critical incidents to gain some illustrations of cultural diversity in intimacy and relationships
2. Use the method to analyse together incidents that young people experience. To get started, please check out our video “Analysis of critical incidents” and our method sheet “Analysing culture shocks with icebergs”. Depending on your group, to work with this method you may need to do some preparatory activities, and embed the work of analysis into a longer workshop. This leads us to point 3..
3. You can also use our materials to create your own workshops exploring cultural diversity in domains of relationships and intimacy. To get started, we recommend having a look at our videos and our method sheets