Intercultural Communication

Author:Georgeta Modiga
Position:Associate Professor, PhD, Faculty of Law, 'Danubius' University of Galati, Romania
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives 2014
Globalization and Cultural Diversity
Intercultural Communication
Georgeta Modiga
Abstract: The concept of culture has become one of strategic importance for all disciplines studying human
and social universe, being invested today with multiple explanatory connotations. Meanwhile, conjunction
and theoretical approaches we witness interference, under the imperative of interdisciplinary vision lead us,
often u p to a damaging confusion between communication and culture. Distinction between symbolic and
instrumental, of cultu re and civilization are necessary to not confuse th e contents of symbolic culture media
of communication technology. An inventory of issues and social transformations that have acquired an
indisputable relevance in contemporary development equation surgery is necessary but difficult. It should be
mentioned two of them, given their global significance: the rediscovery of culture as a defining factor of the
social and importance that have acquired communication processes in living societies. In fact, between th e
two aspects there is a relatio nship of inherent and consubstantiality, validated by actual historical experience.
Culture and Communication is now a binomial with terms interchangeably, the two processes intertwined in a
single block. Welding of the two dimensions was otherwise devoted to the vocabulary of social sciences and
humanities through the concepts of culture media and intercultural communication. If we examine the
paradigm shift in the theoretical space of the last century, the most surprising phenomena that we ob serve is
that theories concerning communication space literally invaded the area that was traditionally reserved for
theories about culture. For theorists today, communication is a structural constituent and all definitions,
descriptions and characterizations that build on contemporary culture.
Keywords: interdisciplinary; communication; culture; civilization
Both the phrase and as a discipline, intercultural communication is relatively recent. Naturally, in all
ages have been meetings between people belonging to different cultures, but they had a limited
character. Today, intercultural communication is a generalized phenomenon, an experience that, to
some extent, any man living. Encounter with a foreign culture, or at least with some of its
manifestations occur even less likely to roam the world. It is enough to turn on the radio, operate the
TV remote or surf the internet for the world with its cultural diversity, to overwhelm besides
intercultural communication is used in the literature and the concept of international
communication. They should not be confused. In case we encounter individuals from different
cultures, other, people from various nations. If the nation and culture would overlap, then there would
be no conceptual difficulty. But this agreement is not in any case always and everywhere.
As a special case of interpersonal communication, intercultural brings elements of what, in a broad
sense and anthropological perspective, is termed as a culture. There are numerous definitions of the
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