Cultures Don’t Meet, People Do
In today's world many people live, learn and work in international and multicultural environments. Intercultural communication has become an important topic in many fields of work and study. Given the complexities of globalization, knowledge of cultures and cultural differences is rarely sufficient.
In this book, interpersonal communication forms the point of departure: the meeting of people, not of cultures. The authors describe what diversity competence entails: which processes, challenges and skills are relevant in a "superdiverse" world. They demonstrate how the TOPOI model (a systemic framework of points of attention and interventions for diversity-sensitive communication) offers an inclusive, communicative approach to analyzing and addressing potential miscommunication.
- Discusses theory from several different fields.
- Case studies provide practical examples and guidelines.
- Companion website with extra case studies and study assignments.
The target audience for Diversity Competence includes students, educators and professionals in the fields of communication and media, business, management and leadership, governance and international relations and cooperation.
Introduction: intercultural communication in a globalized world
1. Culture: everywhere and nowhere
2. From intercultural competence to diversity competence
3. Critical diversity issues: power and ethics
4. Diversity-sensitive communication and the TOPOI model
5. The TOPOI area Tongue: verbal and non-verbal language
6. The TOPOI area Order: views and logic
7. The TOPOI area Persons: identity and relationship
8. The TOPOI area Organization
9. The TOPOI area Intentions: motives
10. TOPOI interventions
11. Applications of the TOPOI model