The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence

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In 1980, SAGE published Geert Hofstede's Culture's Consequences. It opens with a quote from Blaise Pascal: There are truths on this side of the Pyrenees that are falsehoods on the other. The book became a classic-one of the most cited sources in the Social Science Citation Index-and subsequently appeared in a second edition in 2001. This new SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence picks up on themes explored in that book. Cultural competence refers to the set of attitudes, practices, and policies that enables a person or agency to work well with people from differing cultural groups. Other related terms include cultural sensitivity, transcultural skills, diversity competence, and multicultural expertise. What defines a culture? What barriers might block successful communication between individuals or agencies of differing ...

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