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What is a co-culture?

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Co-culture refers to a group of people that are not part of the dominant structure of society, nor do they contribute to this structure. This often includes minorities or ethnic groups.

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The study of how the co-culture, or subculture, communicates with the dominant societal structure is known as co-culture theory. The theory dictates that people who are part of the co-culture communicate differently with the dominant culture. This includes working to eliminate stereotypes, trying to pass as a member of the dominant culture, building connections and even avoiding the dominant culture completely. Each of these communication strategies reflects the difference in power between the two groups.

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