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.

Conceptualizing Intercultural Competence

Conceptualizing Intercultural Competence

Conceptualizing Intercultural Competence
Brian H. Spitzberg Gabrielle Changnon

The Genesis narrative of the Tower of Babel tells of a time when all people of the earth were of one language, or one speech. Their ambition to reach the heavens through machinations of their own design led to their scattering and confounding of languages and lands. As long ago as only 500 years, “humans spoke 14,000 languages. Today, that number is below 7,000, and 40 percent of the world’s population speaks one of only eight languages. In 2008, we will lose between 20 and 30 languages” (Seed: Science and Culture, January/February 2008, p. 65). Whereas a world of one people and one speech is unlikely ...

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