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Books about the future of Cross-Cultural Competence
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Cross-Cultural Competence

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The challenge of transcultural diversities - Cultural policy and cultural diversity

by Kevin Robins

The economic dynamics of globalisation have intensified not only the transnational flows of cultural goods, media products and information, but also human transnational migration. New forms of mobility have created new kinds of cultural juxtapositions, encounters and exchanges which have resulted in greater and more complex patterns of diversity within the European cultural space. Because these new forms of diversity and complexity are transnational and transcultural in their nature - functioning across national frontiers - they present a challenge for national policy frameworks. The established national mechanisms through which European states have hitherto managed cultural policy diversity and citizenship must now be supported by international or transnational strategies. The Council of Europe, which has for so long championed cultural co-operation as a mechanism for sustaining democracy and equity in cultural exchanges, has a new role to play in the transnational policy landscape. The challenge, at the beginning of the 21st century, must be to develop a democratic transnational and transcultural approach to cultural diversity policy in Europe. The Council of Europe has both the mandate and the experience to broker this.

Multiculturalism without Culture
by Anne Phillips

Public opinion in recent years has soured on multiculturalism, due in large part to fears of radical Islam. In Multiculturalism without Culture, Anne Phillips contends that critics misrepresent culture as the explanation of everything individuals from minority and non-Western groups do. She puts forward a defense of multiculturalism that dispenses with notions of culture, instead placing individuals themselves at its core.

Multiculturalism has been blamed for encouraging the oppression of women--forced marriages, female genital cutting, school girls wearing the hijab. Many critics opportunistically deploy gender equality to justify the retreat from multiculturalism, hijacking the equality agenda to perpetuate cultural stereotypes. Phillips informs her argument with the feminist insistence on recognizing women as agents, and defends her position using an unusually broad range of literature, including political theory, philosophy, feminist theory, law, and anthropology. She argues that critics and proponents alike exaggerate the unity, distinctness, and intractability of cultures, thereby encouraging a perception of men and women as dupes constrained by cultural dictates.

Opponents of multiculturalism may think the argument against accommodating cultural difference is over and won, but they are wrong. Phillips believes multiculturalism still has an important role to play in achieving greater social equality. In this book, she offers a new way of addressing dilemmas of justice and equality in multiethnic, multicultural societies, intervening at this critical moment when so many Western countries are poised to abandon multiculturalism.

Business Across Cultures
by Fons Trompenaars, Peter Woolliams

Business Across Cultures is the keystone book in the Culture for Business series. It provides an overview of all subjects tackled in the other books of the series. Its particular aim is to provide executives with a cross-cultural perspective on how companies meet the diverse needs of customers, investors and employees; to introduce the main ideas in business in a multicultural context; and to show how they all fit together.

Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: A Guide for Working With Children and Their Families
by Eleanor W. Lynch, Marci J. Hanson

This book draws on the insights of authors from a variety of racial, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds to provide practical advice for working with children and families from similarly diverse backgrounds. Part 1 introduces the issues at the heart of such work, and includes the chapters "Ethnic, Cultural, and Language Diversity in Intervention Settings" (Marci J. Hanson), "Conceptual Framework: From Cultural Shock to Cultural Learning" (Eleanor W. Lynch) and "Developing Cross-Cultural Competence" (Eleanor W. Lynch). Part 2 introduces culture-specific information about the history, values, and beliefs common to a number of subgroups within the United States population, focusing on issues related to family, child rearing, health, and disability. Cultures thus addressed include: Anglo-European (Marci J. Hanson); Native American (Jennie R. Joe and Randi Suzanne Malach); African American (Winnie Willis); Latino (Maria E. Zuniga); Asian (Sam Chan); Philipino (Sam Chan); Native Hawaiian and Samoan (Noreen Mokuau and Pemerika Tauili'ili); and Middle Eastern (Virginia-Shirin Sharifzadeh). A separate chapter by Eleanor W. Lynch and Marci J. Hanson addresses the increasing numbers of multicultural/multiracial families. Lynch and Hanson also provide a final chapter synthesizing the accumulated information presented and discussing implications for interventionists and their service delivery systems.

Culture and Psychology
by David Matsumoto, Linda Juang

David Matsumoto and new co-author Linda Juang show students the importance of culture in explaining and understanding human behavior in this new edition of the market-leading text, CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY. Using a cross-cultural framework to evaluate psychology, and reflecting the most current research, the authors engage students by inviting them to understand and raise questions about traditional knowledge and theories, and about the relationship of culture and psychology.

Slam Dunks and No-Brainers : Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever
by Leslie Savan

A marvelously original and informative book about the ever-changing American language that offers surprising insights into why we talk the way we talk.

With dazzling wit and acuity, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan dissects contemporary language to discover what our most popular idioms reveal about America today. She traces the paths that words and expressions travel from obscurity to ubiquity. She describes how "real people" create slang and colorful phrases (I don't think so; Bring it on!; Dude; Outside the box); how the media, advertising, politics, and business mine the language for these phrases in order to better sell products, ideas, and personalities; and how these expressions, now that they've hit the big time, then burst out of our mouths as "celebrity words," newly glamorous and persuasive.

Words like Duh! and Whatever have become such an indispensable form of communication that they're replacing our need to articulate any real thought. Whether it's George Tenet convincing George W. Bush that finding WMD in Iraq would be "a slam dunk" or Microsoft telling you that its latest software is a "no-brainer," this bright, snappy language affects us all - up close and personal.

Smart, dynamic, and great fun, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers is - for everyone who loves the mysteries and idiosyncrasies of language - well, a no-brainer.

Cultural Competence in Health Care
by Anne Rundle, Maria Carvalho, Mary Robinson

A manual written for health care professionals who care for patients from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. First developed by doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital in Boston, it contains detailed, practical information for working with dozens of religious and cultural groups and is designed to help providers best meet needs of their ethnically diverse patients while satisfying stringent new regulatory standards for culturally sensitive care.

Strategies for Building Multicultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings
by Madonna G. Constantine, Derald Wing Sue

A must-read book for all mental health professionals wanting to keep up with today's most important clients...practical, concrete, hands-on details from first-hand experts on ethnic populations. - Richard Suinn, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Past President (1999), American Psychological Association

Intercultural Business Communication
by Lillian H. Chaney, Jeanette S. Martin

This book prepares today's business people to compete and manage domestic and international diversity in an increasingly multinational business arena. Unique in the market, it uses research involving three Delphi panels of experts' perceptions of the importance of the topics covered as the basis for its contents. The authors have traveled or worked in a number of countries, therefore producing a work of firsthand knowledge of the topics covered. Topics comprehensively covered include: cultural shock; language, oral, and non-verbal communication patterns; written communication patterns; global etiquette; business and social customs; intercultural negotiation process and strategies; and laws affecting international business and travel. A good reference work for anyone who works internationally.

Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace
by Iris Varner, Linda Beamer

Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace continues to be a vital reference for global business professionals. This new edition features updated discussions on the impact of globalization and technology in business communication, expanded treatment of ethics issues, increased discussion of world religions (particularly the role of Islam), and more short cases for improved ease of reading and comprehension.

Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind
by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede

The landmark study of cultural differences across 70 nations, Cultures and Organizations helps readers look at how they think - and how they fail to think - as members of groups. Based on decades of painstaking field research, this new edition features the latest scientific results published in Geert Hofstede’s scholarly work Culture’s Consequences, Second Edition. Original in thought and profoundly important, Cultures and Organizations offers vital knowledge and insight on issues that will shape the future of cultures and nations in a globalized world.

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