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.

Clarifying a Co-cultural Communication Process

Clarifying a co-cultural communication process

Identification and explication of the communication practices of co-cultural groups are valuable and important for understanding how persons, marginalized in dominant society, communicate with those who have direct access to institutional power. In essence, it represents a response to the underlying research question that guided the phenomenological inquiries that serve as the foundation for co-cultural theory: What is communication like for underrepresented group members? Although the great diversity of communicative practices described in Chapter 4 provides insight into this primary question, a description of co-cultural lived experiences, via a phenomenological hermeneutic spiral, provides additional understanding of the hows and whys of co-cultural communication. In this regard, each step of a hermeneutic analysis exemplifies a contextualizing ...

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