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A historical perspective of cultural competence

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1757-0980

Article publication date: 1 June 2008



Knowing the origins of a concept can help to explain its form. Knowing the history of the struggle to get concepts such as cultural competence acknowledged can help us to understand some of the future difficulties that there may be in more widespread acceptance. This article discusses the development of cultural competence in the US and explains how both the civil rights movement and changes in immigration to the US were key. More recently, secular trends to individual responsibility have changed the lens through which cultural competence is viewed.



McKenzie, K. (2008), "A historical perspective of cultural competence", Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 5-8.



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