Edition: 1, 2004
Interculturality and intercultural communication are concepts that have gained increasing currency in recent decades within a variety of fields including business and management, translation studies, education, development aid, religion, philosophy and interethnic relations. In the business world especially, the subject has generated a vast amount of literature, ranging from pocket handbooks of business behaviour to large-scale research projects that seek to 'plot' national cultural differences in a systematic way.
This book offers a selection of alternative approaches to the question of interculturality written from a range of theoretical perspectives including hermeneutics, phenomenology, semiotics, dialogic philosophy and social constructivism.
Topics addressed in the book include: the construction, representation and commodification of the cultural other, the management of cultural difference, notions of the exotic and intercultural ethics. The contributions draw on case studies from France, Japan, Germany and Latin America. The book is intended for use by university students, scholars and others who engage with intercultural communication in their work.
The contributors are researchers and teachers in the fields of language, culture and intercultural communication. Six out of the seven contributors currently work at Copenhagen Business School and one contributor works at Aalborg University.