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Understand how to relate to other cultures in: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence

April 2, 2015

Los Angeles, Each of us shares the planet with those from many different cultures – people with different thoughts, reactions, beliefs, values, and mores. Someone who is considered culturally competent possesses the ability to work well with people from different cultural groups. Because that ability is more important than ever before in our modern "global village," the information presented in the new The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence is important for both individuals and agencies.

An authoritative and rigorous source on intercultural competence and its related issues, the two volumes in this important encyclopedia explore what a culture actually is, what barriers block successful communication between different cultures, and how those barriers can be understood and navigated to enhance intercultural understanding. Readers will be able to peruse 250+ A to Z articles, each written and signed by a distinguished, international scholar and classified in the Reader’s Guide into 20 general topical categories, including under such themes as:

  • Adaptation
  • Culture and Culture Change
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ethics
  • Identity Development
  • Intercultural Conflict and Negotiation
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Leadership Across Cultures
  • Media and Social Networks
  • Social Justice

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence includes cross-references and suggestions for further readings, a chronology that provides a historical perspective of the development of cultural competence as a discrete field of study, a resources appendix, and a comprehensive index, making it an important addition for all academic and public libraries. A FREE 30-day online trial of SAGE Knowledge, including The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, is available at

Editor Janet M. Bennett is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program.


The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence
May 2015                                             1024 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4522-4428-0                 Print Price: $375.00
eISBN: 978-1-4833-4626-7

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