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Intercultural Communication & Ideology

Intercultural Communication & Ideology

Evelien van Asperen

2005 - 151 blz. - 90 75955 51 0

Bestel nr:: 9P2005.07

What is the cause of the frequently ineffective communication strategies in intercultural situations? This question has been dealt with in different studies already, for example, from the perspective of cultural factors, social categorisation and cultural identity. This study deals with the question of communication strategies from the meta-level of connotations and assumptions of the basic concepts culture, communication and power. These concepts come together in intercultural communication, which forms a recurring theme in the book. By studying many cases, it becomes clear that assumptions about intercultural communication are under the influence of universalistic and cultural relativistic interpretation.

Cultural philosophers have described critical opinions to these ideologies since the seventies, but in spite of this, the assumptions around intercultural communication remain uncritical.
Van Asperen comes to the conclusion that the intercultural ideology evidently leads to absurdities and contradictions. This creates friction, particularly in the normative field. Cultural freedom of values, the right to one's own culture, cultural loyalty, ethnocentrism, tolerance and intolerance apparently originate from the same source, the ideological culture concept.
In the end the writer works out the divisive effect of the intercultural ideology and she formulates an alternative, in which human rights play a central role.

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Evelien van Asperen (PhD) (1957-2011) (www.diavers.nl) was a researcher, consultant and trainer at Pharos, a centre of expertise on refugees, migrants and health. This book was first published as her thesis at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.  
The Diavers Method
2005, ISBN 90 75955 51 0, paperback, 151 p., ordernr. 9P2005.07, € 25,-

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