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.

Explicating Phenomenological Inquiry

Explicating phenomenological inquiry

Hermeneutic phenomenology, classified as a human science (Van Manen, 1990), is the study of the lifeworld (lebenswelt), the world as we immediately experience it prereflectively rather than as we conceptualize or theorize about it (Husserl, 1970). This chapter briefly reviews the fundamental concepts of phenomenology and presents a detailed account of the three-step process of a phenomenological inquiry. Specific attention is given to how this crucial method is advantageous for communication research, which strives to capture the standpoint of co-cultural group members. In essence, the chapter represents a response to three basic questions concerning phenomenology and the field of communication: (a) What is it, (b) how is it employed, and (c) why is this approach apropos when studying co-cultural communication? ...

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