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Meanings Of The Notion Of Culture In Intercultural Research

Keywords: culture , intercultural research , cultural determinism , acculturation

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There are many meanings given to the notion of culture. Various contents related to it are delimited according to the specialty field or the investigated area. Moreover, the overlapping or distinction between culture and civilization also occurs. An inventory and an analysis of the aforementioned aspects could be a subject for exhaustive research. We are not aiming at such an approach, our intention is to analyze the philosophies circumscribed to this concept in some of the most important investigations carried out in the field of intercultural management so as to distinguish in a very precise manner the sense given and to focus on the elements that allow us to build a definition with an operational content in this area of research. For this purpose, we also identify the perspectives that allowed us to develop a functionalist-instrumental pragmatic approach.

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