North/South imbalances in intercultural communication education

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Western-centric perceptions of knowledge, behaviors and communication are more dominant and often obscure underrepresented non-western communities. This renders the mission of intercultural communication education (ICE) necessarily encompassing the reconsideration of these hierarchies and differentialisms. This article argues that by de-westernizing ICE, there could be a valid scope for establishing reconciliation between western and non-western ontologies, e.g. Africa, Asia and Latin America, resulting in mutually satisfying intercultural communicative experiences. Throughout this article, I present ‘decolonized consciousness' and ‘pluri-perspectivality’ as postmodern reflections and approaches to the complexity of intercultural communication in socio-politically unbalanced contexts. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-157
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number2
Early online dateJan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


R’boul, H. (2021). North/South imbalances in intercultural communication education. Language and Intercultural Communication, 21(2), 144-157. doi: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1866593


  • Intercultural communication education
  • Interculturality
  • Power relations
  • Pluri-perspectivality
  • De-westernized consciousness


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