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Intercultural Communication Studies XX: 1 (2011)Sun17Intercultural Communication and Global Democracy:A Deweyan PerspectiveSun YouzhongBeijing Foreign Studies University, ChinaAbstractUnderstanding intercultural communication as the exchange of information between individuals of different cultural backgrounds, theorists of this field are primarily concerned with mapping the patterns of cultural similarities and differences, revealing the effects of cultural factors on the process of intercultural communication, sorting the components of intercultural communication competence, and seeking the formulas to remove misunderstandings and breakdowns in intercultural communication. By contrast, American philosopher John Dewey takes a moral approach to define communication as individually distinctive members of a community sharing experiences, participating in joint activities, cooperating in free social inquiry and the distribution of its conclusions, transforming habits, and ultimately making...