Revisiting intercultural competence: small culture formation on the go through threads of experience

Holliday, A. (2016) Revisiting intercultural competence: small culture formation on the go through threads of experience. International Journal of Bias, Identity & Diversities in Education, 1 (2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2379-7363.

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Abstract

This paper argues that intercultural competence is not something that needs to be acquired anew but that needs to be recovered from our past experience of small culture formation developed during the process of socialization from birth. This small culture formation is on the go because it is a constant activity in response to everyday engagement with other people. It is activated by drawing threads of experience that can connect with the experiences of others. During cultural travel such threads can be pulled both from home to abroad and back again. This is however not a straightforward process because operating in the other directions are blocks that are created by Self and Other politics and essentialist discourses of culture that can enter into the process at any point, also fueled by our everyday understanding of the world and the global position and politics inherited from national structures. Any process of intercultural competence training needs to help intercultural
travelers to recover existing threads and avoid blocks by means of ethnographic disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0980 Types of education > LC1099 Multicultural education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics
Depositing User: Prof Adrian Holliday
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 10:54
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14664

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