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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Beyond Multicultural Man

Complexities of Identity

Lise M. Sparrow

This chapter is Lise M. Sparrow’s challenge to Peter Adler’s model of “multicultural man,” which describes an intercultural person as someone who lives on the boundary with fluid and mobile identity and embraces marginality as the most desirable stage of identity development. This form of multicultural identity, according to her, typically reflects the experience of White men and does not resonate with many women and ethnic minorities. In her analysis of student writings and in-depth interviews with 20 people, she discovers that the multicultural women identity reported by her respondents is strikingly different from Adler’s conceptualization. Whereas the multicultural White ...

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