There is probably no more serious challenge to social stability and development in the contemporary world than the management of intercultural relations within complex, culturally plural, societies. Successful management depends on a research-based understanding of a number of factors, including political, economic, psychological and religious features of the groups that are in contact.
The MIRIPS project is focused on the psychological aspects, but it takes into account some of these other contextual features of the interacting groups, and of the larger society as a whole. It is situated within the broad field of cross-cultural psychology, which has two core principles (Berry, Poortinga, Segall & Dasen, 2002).
Knowledge of these two features of human behaviour is essential if we are to understand intercultural relations as a set of culturally-situated and pan-human phenomena. If there are some general principles to be found, then broadly-applicable policies may be possible.
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