The Myth of Cross-Cultural Competence

  title={The Myth of Cross-Cultural Competence},
  author={Ruth Grossman Dean},
  journal={Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services},
  pages={623 - 630}
  • R. Dean
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Art, Sociology
  • Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
Cross-cultural competence has become a byword in social work. In a postmodern world in which culture is seen as individually and socially constructed, evolving, emergent, and occurring in language (Laird, 1998), becoming “culturally competent” is a challenging prospect. How do we become competent at something that is continually changing and how do we develop a focus that includes ourselves as having differences, beliefs, and biases that are inevitably active. After considering this and several… 

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