Antor, Heinz (2020). Interculturality or Transculturality? In: The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication, pp. 68-82. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108555067

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This chapter discusses the diverse terminology used to describe contact situations between two or more cultures by focusing on Welsch’s discussions of multi-, inter- and transculturality. The anthropological and psychological dimensions of cultural concepts are shown to arise from the need of human beings as pattern-building and storytelling animals to position themselves by defining identities and alterities in a diverse environment which makes essentialist ontological self-definitions impossible. Using topical and historical examples, the chapter argues that conceptualization of the world as increasingly hybrid and transcultural has very concrete material, social and political consequences. The chapter then explores the connections between notions of cosmopolitanism and different conceptualizations of difference, particularism and universalism. Finally, the ethical dimensions of different ways of categorizing cultures and their implications for developing inter- and transcultural competence as the basis for constructing a peaceful and dialogic future of togetherness in difference are discussed.

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-501923
DOI: 10.1017/9781108555067.006
Title of Book: The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication
Page Range: pp. 68-82
Date: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge
ISBN: 9781108555067
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Englisches Seminar I
Subjects: English
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Refereed: Yes


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