chapter  9
Intercultural Interaction
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Several studies have focused on identifying factors that shape responses to culture mixing, since the phenomenon is expected to increase in the coming years along with globalization and more frequent intercultural contact. The purpose of this activity is to explore the nature of and responses to culture mixing. Although culture mixing has existed for centuries, it is a relatively new topic for cross-cultural researchers. The ability to comprehend nonverbal communication is likely an important component of intercultural competence. Differences in conflict communication styles are a common cause of intercultural misunderstandings. Much cross-cultural research has focused on acculturation. Intercultural competence is particularly critical for individuals who provide essential services to others, such as teachers, medical professionals, and counselors. A large volume of research has attempted to identify the characteristics of interculturally competent individuals. Tourists may be least likely of all sojourners to have a meaningful intercultural interaction.