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title:2.2 Problem disguises and problem evasion

Considerable difficulty was experienced because the available material, from whatever source, rarely provides a comprehensive and succinct description of a problem as a problem. There seems to be a variety of ways by which societal problems are transformed and diluted by processes in society with different perspectives. Such processes may also be seen as ways of evading or avoiding recognition of problems.

1. Assemblies, conferences (agenda items)


title:2.1 Assumptions

It is a basic mistake to assume that the concept of a problem is held in the same way, whether between cultures or within any culture. The question as to whether problems "exist", and the nature of that existence is not understood in the same way in different contexts. At one extreme, as noted above, problems may be considered as artifacts of concerned minds, and possibly only of western minds.



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