Identifying, Exploring, and Understanding Diversity through the Study of Specific Cultural Interactions: A Case Study
The term 'cultural interactions' suggests a dynamic set of responses either within one 'culture', or between cultures. Such cultures may be temporary, emergent, or permanent; constrained spatially or temporally (or, alternatively, without such traditional constraints); defined socially, economically, geographically, or by less traditional means such as senses of identity, physicality, or sexuality. The nature of interaction is frequently explored through forms of communication, usually termed intercultural or cross-cultural; intracultural communication, however, can also be a profound impact. Other relevant considerations are dominant cultures and subcultures, and processes of enculturation, acculturation, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism as means of identifying, exploring, and understanding diversity. This discussion explores diversity through the content and themes of one final year subject in a tourism degree. A conceptual model of cultural interactions with diversity themes and outcomes is proposed, and future directions for research are identified.
Keywords: Diversity, Culture, Cultural Interactions, Tourism, Australian Higher Education
Mr Gary Phillip Best
Lecturer; External Programs Coordinator, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Law and Management. , La Trobe University