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.

The Moral Circle in Intercultural Competence : Trust Across Cultures

The Moral Circle in Intercultural Competence : Trust Across Cultures

The Moral Circle in Intercultural Competence
Gert Jan Hofstede

Intercultural competence requires the ability to participate in the social life of people who live according to different unwritten rules. This implies being a “good member” of a community other than one’s own. A community, potentially ranging from a few people to all the people in the world, constitutes a “moral circle,” that is, a group of which the members expect to live by a shared standard of moral rules. While these rules are usually unwritten and implicit, adhering to them is crucial.

To investigate intercultural competence, one must take a look at what it means to be “good” and “bad” in a ...

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