CHAPTER FIVE

Intercultural Competence: Vital Perspectives for Diversity and Inclusion

Janet M. Bennett

Being “global souls”—seeing ourselves as members of a world community, knowing that we share the future with others—requires powerful intercultural competence. Being effective domestically—seeking social justice, ensuring that privilege is shared—requires equally complicated skills. Such competence embraces globalization and seeks to reconcile the competing commitments to self and others, with the knowledge that this is profoundly difficult. It is grounded in the certainty that we cannot neglect either side of the equation, domestic or international.

The field of intercultural relations has evolved in the context of this demanding question: ...

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