Identifying, Exploring, and Understanding Diversity through the Study of Specific Cultural Interactions: A Case Study

Mr Gary Phillip Best
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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
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Identifying, Exploring, and Understanding Diversity through the Study of Specific Cultural Interactions

Mr Gary Phillip Best

Lecturer; External Programs Coordinator, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Law and Management. , La Trobe University

Gary Best joined the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management at La Trobe University in late 1996. Prior to that Gary was Associate Dean, School of Economics and Commerce, and Associate Head, School of Commerce, here at La Trobe University. Gary is currently the External Programs Co-ordinator. He has a high level of administrative and management expertise, including strategic planning and the analysis of organisational cultures. Gary's research interests are in heritage, distinctive cultural interactions in touristic contexts, and commodification. Gary has been a cultural tourist since he first set off for London in 1976. His other areas of interest include popular culture, and automotive history.

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