How do people traditionally situated on the margins of societyùpeople of color, women, gays/lesbians/bisexuals, and those from a lower socio-economic statusùcommunicate within the dominant societal structures? Constructing Co-Cultural Theory presents a phenomenological framework for understanding the intricate relationship between culture, power, and communication. Grounded in muted group and standpoint theory, this volume presents a theoretical framework that fosters a critically insightful vantage point into the complexities of culture, power, and communication. The volume comprises six chapters; key coverage includes: a review of critique of the literature on co-cultural communication; description of how the perspective of co-cultural group members were involved in each stage of theory development; an explication of 25 co-cultural communication strategies, and a model of six factors that influence strategy selection. The final chapter examines how co-cultural theory correlates with other work in communication generally and in intercultural communication specifically. Author Mark P. Orbe considers inherent limitations of his framework and the implication for future research in this area. Scholars and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students will find that this volume covers an important topic which will be of interest to those in the fields of communication, cultural studies, and race and ethnic studies.

An Introduction to Co-cultural Communication

An introduction to co-cultural communication

Culture and communication are inextricably linked (Brislin, 1993). The ability to comprehend one concept is contingent on understanding its relationship to the other. Within the United States several domestic co-cultures exist on the basis of age, class, ethnicity, religion, abilities, affection or sexual orientation, and other unifying elements (Johnson, 1989; Orbe, 1994a). In the past, researchers have used a variety of terms to describe co-cultural communication: intracultural (Sitaram & Cogdell, 1976); subordinate, inferior, minority (Stanback & Pearce, 1981); subcultural (Pearson & Nelson, 1991); nondominant (Folb, 1994); and muted group (Kramarae, 1981). The word co-culture is used here to avoid the negative or inferior connotations of past descriptions (e.g., subculture, minority) while also acknowledging the great diversity ...

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