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.

Limitations, Extensions, and Future Directions

Limitations, extensions, and future directions

The development of co-cultural theory is an attempt “to bring to light the clandestine forms taken by the dispersed, tactical, and [makeshift] creativity of groups or individuals” (de Certeau, 1984, p. xvii) living in a society in which they are not part of the dominant culture. Often made invisible by traditional research designs that strongly reflect a dominant group perspective, these forms of communication inventiveness represent a valuable source of insight for the field of communication. The nine primary communication orientations identified here, as well as the various practices commonly associated with each orientation, are valuable in gaining insight into the intricacies of intercultural communication—especially those encounters between a variety of co-cultures in the United States. ...

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