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To develop a deeper understanding of intercultural competency calls for an interdisciplinary approach that draws on diverse fields, such as sociology. This entry explores the role of sociology in furthering our understanding of culture, which has direct relevance for understanding intercultural competency.

The entry begins by looking at how sociologists define culture and its diverse genres. After describing the origins and evolution of cultural sociology, the entry goes on to delineate the core cultural concepts used by sociologists, identify major areas of research, and then discuss the challenges facing this emerging field. The entry concludes with a discussion of how sociology can further contribute to our understanding of the complexities of intercultural competence.

Origins and Development of the Field of Cultural Sociology

The study of culture by ...

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