Constructing Co-Cultural Theory: An Explication of Culture, Power, and Communication

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SAGE, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 159 pages
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This book 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 which fosters a critically insightful vantage point into the complexities of culture, power and communication. Key coverage includes: a review and critique of the literature on co-cultural communication; a description of how the perspective of co-cultural group members were involved in each stage of theory development; and 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 i
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Cocultural Communication
1
Foundations of MutedGroup
19
Standpoint Theory
25
Subordinate Communication Strategies
31
Cocultural Communicative Practices
50
Clarifying a Cocultural Communication Process
86
Limitations Extensions and Future Directions
121
References
145
Index
154
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Mark P. Orbe (PhD, Ohio University) is professor of communication and diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, where he also holds a joint appointment in the gender and women’s studies program. He conducts research in interpersonal-intercultural communication, co-cultural communication, intergroup relations, mass media representations of underrepresented group members, and negotiation/intersection of multiple cultural identities. Over his career, has published ten books and hundreds of journal articles and book chapters. He is also founder and president of Dumela Communications, a full-service consulting company that specializes in providing services for clients committed to enhancing their communication cultural competencies.

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