A Relational View on Culture and Transculturality

G.J. Hofstede*

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The concept of “Transculturality”, used often in this volume, seems to carry a promise of bridging cultural differences in groups. In order to investigate whether this could be so, I want to add my thoughts on the causation of culture to the debate. I will argue in this piece that everyday interactions between people have shaped human cultures over time and are still doing so. I will also indicate briefly how this happens, by presenting basic relational drivers of individuals, elementary models of sociality across individuals and groups, and emergent patterns in groups and society. Then, I will consider the concept of transculturality from this theoretical perspective. We are cultural social animals; can we also be transcultural, what would that mean, and what would that require?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Relational View on Cultural Complexity
EditorsJ. Baumann Montecinos, T. Grünfelder, J. Wieland
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783031274541
ISBN (Print)9783031274534
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2023


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