1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Interculturality in Communication and Education

Edited By Fred Dervin Copyright 2025
    582 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook is the first comprehensive volume to focus entirely on the notion of interculturality, reflecting on what the addition of the adjective 'critical' means for research and teaching in interdisciplinary studies.

    The book consists of 35 chapters, including a comprehensive introduction and conclusion. It aims to present current debates on critical interculturality and to help readers make sense of what the label implies and entails in global and local contexts, especially (where possible) beyond dominant scholarship and pedagogical practices. The chapters interrogate the use of terms in different languages to discuss interculturality, drawing on recent literature from as many different parts of the world as possible. Some contributors also problematise their own autobiographical engagement with critical interculturality in their chapters.

    The book will be of interest to Masters and PhD students in education, communication and intercultural studies who wish to develop their knowledge of critical interculturality. Established researchers in these fields will also benefit from this invaluable and original source of essential reading.

    1. Introduction

    Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland


    2. What constitutes a critical intercultural communication perspective? The Significance of Negation and Specification

    Rona Tamiko Halualani, San Jose State University, USA

    3. Critical interculturality in a global perspective: A matter of geopolitical position, sociocultural nexus, and existential relevance

    Karen Risager, Roskilde University, Denmark

    4. Epistemological Dilemmas in Teaching Critical Interculturality: Ideologies and the ‘pseudo-critical’

    Hamza R’boul, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

    5. What’s in a concept? An exploration of ‘interculturality’

    Deborah Charlotte Darling, University of Dundee, UK, and Haiqin Liu, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


    6. Critical pedagogy, deconstruction and the promises of interculturality

    Maria Dasli, University of Edinburgh, UK

    7. Echoes of critical interculturality: World cinema, polycentric perspectives, and polyvocality

    Andreas Jacobsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    8. Resisting neoliberal influences through a dynamic approach to intercultural education

    Oona Piipponen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

    9. Critical interculturality in tourism communication

    Shuang Gao, University of Liverpool, UK, and Bal Krishna Sharma, University of Idaho, USA

    10. Stay critiCUL – The imperative for educators to take a critical and reflexive approach to culture, diversity, and interculturality in their classroom practice

    Jasmin Peskoller & Eva Maria Hirzinger-Unterrainer, University of Innsbruck, Austria


    11. Language, meaning potential and bicritical interculturality in healthcare

    Fiona O’Neill, University of South Australia, Kerrilee Lockyer, University of South Australia, and Jonathan Crichton, University of South Australia

    12. Multilingual practices in higher education for enhancing critical interculturality

    Lotta Kokkonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Teija Natri, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    13. The role of culture and interculturality in language teacher education: Insights into the educational context of Austria

    Eva Maria Hirzinger-Unterrainer & Jasmin Peskoller, University of Innsbruck, Austria

    14. Critical Interculturality in an English Textbook for Higher Education in China

    Wang Qiang, Yangzhou University, China

    15. Critical interculturality in English language education – gaslighting, myths, and learning from literature

    Janice Bland, Nord University, Norway

    16. Fostering Critical Interculturality in Foreign Language Education

    Elinor Parks, Durham University, UK

    17. Intercultural learning as a process in Chinese language education

    Haiqin Liu, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and Deborah Charlotte Darling, University of Dundee, UK


    18. Post qualitative inquiry into critical interculturality

    Dominic Busch, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

    19. Getting critical about critical interculturality: Researching international schools critically and empathetically

    Adam Poole, The Education University of Hong Kong

    20. Critical Reflexivity through Autoethnography: Interculturality and In-between Experiences

    Ahmet Atay, College of Wooster, USA

    21. Walking our landscape as Interculturality. A visual essay in resonances

    Danièle Moore, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada & DILTEC, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

    22. Queering as an inspiration for (further) critical interculturality

    Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland


    23. Challenging the dichotomy of (anti-)essentialism – a multi-perspective critical approach to teaching interculturality

    Alexander Frame, University of Burgundy, France, and David Bousquet, University of Burgundy, France

    24. When Interculturality and Business Meet: A critical turn in Portuguese higher education

    Clara Sarmento, Polytechnic University of Porto, Portugal

    25. (Re)Thinking Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in Response to Shifting Cultural Contexts

    Yea-Wen Chen, San Diego State University, USA, and Brandi Lawless, University of San Francisco, USA

    26. Critical interculturality in the Australian school classroom

    Robyn Moloney, Macquarie University, Australia

    27. Cultivating criticality: Notions of “critical” applied to teaching and learning about intercultural communication in a Higher Education setting

    Lotta Kokkonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Alexander Frame, University of Burgundy, France, and Mitra Raappana, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    28. Teaching Critical Interculturality to Social Work Students

    Phyllis Ngai, University of Montana, USA

    29. Re-Envisioning “The Core Intercultural Communication Course” as a Critical Intercultural Communication Course

    Rona Tamiko Halualani, San Jose State University, USA


    30. Whiteness in scholarship on interculturality from the Global North/s

    Mélodine Sommier, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    31. Reframing discourses of healthcare “helping” in volunteer tourism: Critical interculturality, liberation theology, and Latin America

    Phiona Stanley, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

    32. Education for sustainable interculturality

    Heidi Layne, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    33. Post-Secularity: Religion and Spirituality for Critical Intercultural Education

    Chantal Crozet, RMIT University, Australia

    34. Perceptions and Constructions of Ideologies of Interculturality

    Huiyu Tan, SUFE, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland

    35. Provisional Denouement

    Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland


    Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Prof. Dervin specializes in intercultural communication education, the sociology of multiculturalism, and student and academic mobility. He has widely published in different languages (over 200 articles and 80 books). His latest book with Routledge includes Communicating around Interculturality in Research and Education (2023). Over a career of 25 years, Dervin has managed to make substantial contributions to scholarship on interculturality in both communication and education around the world.