Cultural self-awareness is a person’s conscious ability to critically view and understand the objective and subjective cultures to which the individual belongs. A person with cultural self-awareness may also be able to see the self from different cultural points of view. Cultural self-awareness is relevant to intercultural competence from the personal identity and personal growth standpoints; it is also an important component in an individual’s intercultural competence development. The remainder of this entry covers the core concepts of cultural self-awareness and examines its place in the broader context of intercultural competence.

Core Concepts

Having self-awareness of one’s own culture, or cultures (because each person belongs to macro and micro cultures, or large and small cultural groups, respectively), means that an individual has examined many layers of meaning—from ...

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