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“What They See as Acceptable:” A Co-Cultural Theoretical Analysis of Black Male Students at a Predominantly White Institution

DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2012.722817
Title: “What They See as Acceptable:” A Co-Cultural Theoretical Analysis of Black Male Students at a Predominantly White Institution
Journal Title: Howard Journal of Communications
Volume: Volume 23
Issue: Issue 4
Publication Date: October 2012
Start Page: 351
End Page: 368
Published online: 17 Oct 2012
ISSN: 1064-6175
Author: Cerise L. Glenna* & Dante L. Johnsona
Affiliations:
a Department of Communication Studies , University of North Carolina at Greensboro , Greensboro , North Carolina , USA
Abstract: This study uses Co-Cultural theory to explore how African American male college students select and enact communication strategies at a predominantly White institution when interacting with dominant groups. The authors use focus groups and individual interviews to examine the experiences of the participants. Three themes evolved from the data: (a) aggressive assimilation: negotiating stereotypes and self-identity, (b) nonassertive separation: negotiating marginalization and power imbalances, and (c) desire for accommodation: communication strategy impediments. They conclude with implications for Co-Cultural theory and suggestions for future research.
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