Intercultural Communication/Cross-Cultural Communication

Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan

In: The SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Intercultural Communication/Cross-Cultural Communication

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  • The study of how members from different cultural groups interact with each other. “Culture” can be viewed as the shared norms, values, beliefs, experiences, attitudes, and practices that characterize a particular racial, religious, or social group. Due to the ever-increasing integration of individuals from different cultural groups in modern-day society, there has been an emphasis on creating ways to accommodate the communication process between individuals from these cultural groups.

    Intercultural/cross-cultural communication involves assessing the factors that influence how individuals from different cultural groups interact with each other. Within each culture, there are established values and behavioral patterns. Learning to understand these values and patterns and accepting that one's own cultural group may be quite different from another cultural group is important in creating an unbiased and ...

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