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Chapter 36—Co-Cultural Theory
- Co-cultural theory serves as an interesting point of comparison with several other theories, including standpoint theory, muted group theory, communication accommodation theory, and face-negotiation theory. Pick two of these and compare/contrast with co-cultural theory. Where do these theories find common ground with co-cultural theory? Where do they differ?
- Orbe takes great care not to exalt or ridicule any preferred outcome, but he acknowledges that preferred outcomes have strengths and weaknesses. Analyze each preferred outcome, seeking to identify common benefits and costs associated with each. How might the context of an interaction influence which outcome a co-cultural group member might prefer?
- Field of experience is a provocative term in this theory. What is your field of experience as a co-cultural group member, a dominant group member, or perhaps both at different times? Based on this field of experience, what communicative practices are you comfortable enacting? Which would be uncomfortable for you?
- Which communication approach do you think is most likely to get the attention of a dominant group: being assertive, or being aggressive? What might be the key factors that influence which is most effective?
- The critique section notes that co-cultural theory is more descriptive than prescriptive. In this essay, you'll try to move the theory toward specific prescriptions for action. Identify three such prescriptions and explain how they arise from the theory. As you write these prescriptions, you might consider addressing them to both co-cultural and dominant group members.
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