Redefining Cultural Competence

This brief sound file is from my longer talk on racism and public health, delivered at Georgia State University in Atlanta, April 12, 2012. I make the point that too often we define “cultural competence” as coming to understand the racial/ethnic/cultural “other,” so as to fit them in with the dominant cultural norm; yet the problem might be the “norm” itself, and perhaps the more important form of competence would be to come to understand the workings of the dominant group and its tendency to marginalize others.

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