The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence brings together in one volume the leading experts and scholars from a variety of fields (e.g., education, communication, psychology, social work, health care, conflict studies, etc.) and from around the world who do work in intercultural competence (defined as appropriate and effective communication, as well as behavior, in intercultural situations). Given the current and future focus on global workforce development, and on globalization in general, this Handbook examines the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed in our ever diverse world.

Interculturality Versus Intercultural Competencies in Latin America

Interculturality Versus Intercultural Competencies in Latin America

Interculturality Versus Intercultural Competencies in Latin America
Adriana Medina-López-Portillo John H. Sinnigen

We are currently living in the midst of a maelstrom of crises that requires a fresh examination of the norms and practices that have been dominant in the modern world system—namely, the “Western” (Euro-U.S.) paradigm of an individualistic, militarist, consumerist culture; capitalist economics; and elite-dominated electoral politics. The worldwide economic meltdown has aggravated the already existing state of crisis evident in a severely degraded environment, ceaseless wars, and increasing social polarization of poor and rich within individual nations and throughout the world system (Wallerstein, 1990). Although progressive analysts have been discussing the decline of the American empire since ...

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