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.

Co-cultural Communicative Practices

Co-cultural communicative practices

As described earlier, co-cultural communication refers to interactions between “dominant” and “nondominant” groups. Co-cultural communication is preferred to other terms (such as sub-cultured, subordinate, or muted group) since existing terminology connotes co-cultural groups as inferior to dominant group members and passively muted by oppressive communication structures. Since this chapter focuses on a variety of communicative practices that co-cultural group members engage in when interacting with dominant group members, this change in terminology is important as it recognizes their active and adaptive styles of dealing with attempts to mute their voices. Nonetheless, before these co-cultural practices can be identified and explained, it is important to define and describe co-cultural communication for co-cultural group members.

Defining Co-cultural Communication

The definition of co-cultural communication ...

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