Sociology Index

Cross-Culture

Cross-Cultural, Inter-Cultural Studies and Multiculturalism Studies. The study of different cultures and their comparison. Cross-cultural studies are useful in the social sciences, particularly in cultural anthropology and psychology. Cross-cultural studies is a form of cross-cultural comparisons. Comparative cultural studies examine similar characteristics of a few societies whereas cross-cultural studies uses a large sample so that statistical analysis can be made to show relationships or lack of relationships between the traits. Cross-cultural studies is also called holocultural studies or comparative studies, a specialization in anthropology, sociology, economics, political science and psychology that uses ground data from different societies to examine the scope of human behavior and also test hypotheses about human behavior and culture.

Cross culture may refer to a company's initiatives to increase understanding of different groups. Healthy cross-culture interactions of people from varying backgrounds are vital in international business. Cross culture is becoming important with the globalization of businesses. Cross culture can develop through personal experiences. If an employee of an international company is transfered to another country, she may experience the cross culture. Cross culture initiatives are imperative to implement for employees acting in managerial capacities. Cross culture also extends to body language, physical contact, and personal space. Body language, such as using the hands while talking, may be frowned upon or gestures may have different meanings. 

Cross Culture is a movement that was begun in Kolkata, new movement to make a difference in people’s lives. Through Cross Culture’s four main programs, they intend to reach into poor communities and lift people up and out of their former lives. Cross Culture currently runs two separate homes for orphaned and semi-orphaned children. The Kolkata Tree House arm of Cross Culture operates with one boy’s home and one girl’s home. The Vision Rescue bus is run through Cross Culture as the Kolkata branch of a Mumbai-based NGO. The Kolkata Vision Rescue team operates a modified school bus and each day goes into the slums of Kolkata, bringing the children on for an informal education session. A crucial focus of Cross Culture is to empower children to have a better future and hope than they might have had.