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


  • Gertraud Koch Zeppelin University



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


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


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Author Biography

Gertraud Koch, Zeppelin University

Gertraud KOCH is a European Ethnologist; she received her Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin. Previous studies focused on empirically oriented Cultural Studies and Political Science at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. She worked in adult education, and set up a mentoring program for female students at the University of Constance. She gave up her position as a scientific officer at the competence center for "Technology and Gender" at the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Furtwangen to become Professor of Communication Science and the Anthropology of Knowledge at Zeppelin University, a private University at Friedrichshafen.




How to Cite

Koch, G. (2009). Intercultural Communication and Competence Research through the Lens of an Anthropology of Knowledge. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1).



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