Intercultural communication in a dialogical perspective

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    ”The most intense and productive life of culture takes place on the boundaries of its individual areas and not in the places where these areas have become enclosed (Bakhtin 1986: 2).

    Theorists of intercultural communication tend to reduce identity to the „culture“ you have been born in – materializing of others. This concept of culture defends, consciously or unconsciously, a monological
    understanding of culture as an autonomous, self-sufficient, and independent of the other cultures and determinant of human actions and thoughts.

    The aim of this paper is to examine how a dialogical approach based on Mikhail Bakhtins dialogical communication can contribute to the field of intercultural communication. Unlike the intercultural perspective where cultural differences are addressed as a problem and barrier for communication differences perceived by Bakhtin as the precondition for dialogue and communication – as a resource rather than a barrier for communication.

    Dialogical Intercultural communication (DIC) is a risky communication. As Bakhtin noted we may be in danger – we may be forced to open up and participate in a dialogue that will emerge mutual changes. DIC is not free of power and struggle but a tension filled meaning and learning process which emerges mutual enrichment and development.
    Original languageDanish
    Publication date27 Nov 2014
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2014
    EventNordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2014: Language, Culture and Communication - The Vigdis Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Duration: 26 Nov 201428 Nov 2014


    ConferenceNordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2014
    LocationThe Vigdis Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, at the University of Iceland

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