In this article, I utilize phenomenologically-based creative nonfiction to present a case study of what micro-protest looks like for an African American faculty member working in a predominantly white university. Drawing from observations and informal information-gathering techniques over a 20+ year period, I present a layered account to share snippets from a larger narrative that vividly capture the nuanced ways co-cultural group members navigate predominantly white organizational spaces in the margins. Ultimately, I introduce the various ways micro-protest—as a new conceptualization of co-cultural practice—is enacted to achieve the preferred outcome of separation. I conclude with a brief discussion of how this scholarly endeavor contributes to co-cultural research and theorizing.
Micro-Protests as Co-cultural Communicative Practice: A Creative Nonfiction Narrative Illustration of Choosing the Margins as a Space of Radical Openness
Mark P. Orbe is Professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Correspondence to: Mark P. Orbe, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mark P. Orbe; Micro-Protests as Co-cultural Communicative Practice: A Creative Nonfiction Narrative Illustration of Choosing the Margins as a Space of Radical Openness. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2021; 10 (1): 28–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.1.28
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