Understanding Ubuntu for Enhancing Intercultural Communications
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Understanding Ubuntu for Enhancing Intercultural Communications

Joseph Mukuni (Virginia Tech, USA) and Josiah Tlou (Virginia Tech, USA)
Release Date: May, 2021|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 299|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7947-3
ISBN13: 9781799879473|ISBN10: 179987947X|EISBN13: 9781799879497|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799879480
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Description

Given the importance of cross-cultural competence, it is important that scholars from different parts of the world describe the conceptual frameworks underlying their cultures to provide people with knowledge helpful for understanding and navigating cultural barriers and promoting harmony and productivity in places of work. The literature is replete with reference points for understanding Eurocentric worldviews. Little has been written about non-Eurocentric worldviews with respect to the subject of socio-cultural harmony and interpersonal relations such as Ubuntu, Africa’s indigenous philosophy and its relevancy. This philosophy teaches the importance of maintaining good human relations and sensitivity to the wellbeing of other people both as individuals and collectively. In the teachings of this African conceptual framework, the wellbeing of others is more important than that of self. Another important distinguishing feature of Ubuntu is that it places great value on communalism as opposed to individualism. The tenets of Ubuntu include human-centeredness, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, respect for diversity of opinion, and joint consideration of problems. These tenets can be applied for intercultural competence and communications.

Understanding Ubuntu for Enhancing Intercultural Communications sheds some light on Ubuntu, Africa’s unique philosophy, and explores how the knowledge of Ubuntu can help minimize cross-cultural communication barriers. Within this context, the chapters work to make readers aware of the existence of an African worldview, specifically Ubuntu, and its possible contribution to interpersonal communication. This book also shares the lived experiences of being born and raised in sub-Saharan Africa where Ubuntu is a way of life. This book is essential for businesses seeking to expand internationally and managers overseeing diverse workforces as well as business executives, government officials, public relations officers, academicians, researchers, and students including those studying African studies, world religions, international business, international relations, management, communication, and more.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • African Communities
  • Afrocentric Restorative Justice
  • Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Competency
  • Government
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • School Curriculum
  • Ubuntu

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