Intercultural Communication and Competence Research through the Lens of an Anthropology of Knowledge

Gertraud Koch


In consequence of various predicaments of the culture concepts and of an applied communication theory, that is mainly oriented towards cooperation and understanding, research in the field of intercultural communication is facing epistemological paradoxes. The following article explores how a paradigm of culture as knowledge, as it has been discussed in recent Cultural and Social Anthropology, could contribute to a new understanding of intercultural communication and competence (ICC). It further discusses the consequences emerging from such an understanding for the construction of research fields in ICC.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0901153


cultural theory; communication theory; social theory; anthropology of knowledge; field construction; social interaction

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