Empire and Ethics Towards a Normative Theory of Intercultural Communication

Kjetil Fretheim (1)
(1) MF Norwegian School of Theology, Norway


In this paper I identify key features of communication and then ask in what ways power is a feature of intercultural communication. I discuss this by making use of key concepts from postcolonial theory: Empire, marginalisation and hybridity. Secondly, I discuss how the understanding of intercultural communication practice and theory should be informed by ethical considerations. I argue the presence of Empire puts a moral obligation on the relatively powerful to be aware of his or her role and function when communicating with the relatively weak and vulnerable.

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Kjetil Fretheim
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Author Biography

Kjetil Fretheim, MF Norwegian School of Theology

Kjetil Fretheim is associate professor in social science at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Fretheim has written Rights and Riches. Exploring the Moral Discourse of Norwegian Development Aid (Peter Lang 2008) and published academic articles in the fields of intercultural communication, religion and development and ethics.

Fretheim, K. (2013). Empire and Ethics Towards a Normative Theory of Intercultural Communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 13(1), 1–09. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v13i1.610

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