Perspectives on Family Communication

ISBN-10: 0073406821

ISBN-13: 9780073406824

Edition: 4th 2013

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Description: Emphasizing the role that communication plays in both creating and solving family issues,Perspectives on Family Communicationthoroughly reflects the explosion of research literature in the area of family communication. Now in its fourth successful edition, the text continues to emphasize the role that communication plays in the evolution of family issues. Throughout, the text examines a wide variety of contemporary family types and supports this examination with current research and practical examples.

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List price: $192.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

Lynn H. Turner teaches in the College of Communication at Marquette University. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1989. She is the author of several journal articles, books, and book chapters focused on communication studies. She is the recipient of the Marquette University College of Communication Research Award (1998), the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Outstanding Book Award (1997) and Outstanding Article Award (2000). She is guest editor (with Richard West) for a special issue of the Journal of Family Communication and she serves on the editorial board of several communication journals. She is the Vice-President of Central States Communication Association and Past-President of the Family Division of the National Communication Association. Her current research interests include family communication, gendered communication, and communication and relationships.

Rich West is a past President of the National Communication Association. He is also Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, he has served as the Department Chair for several years, as the Acting Director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, and as the Project Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. He is past President of the Eastern Communication Association, where he received the Past Officer's Award and was recognized as a "Distinguished Research Fellow" in the Association. Rich is also the former Director of NCA's Educational Policies Board.Both Illinois State University (B.A./M.A.) and Ohio University (Ph.D.) have recognized him as an Outstanding Alum in Communication Studies. Rich's research has appeared in Communication Education, Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Day Care and Early Education, Communication Reports, Journal of Family Communication, among other diverse outlets. He has written extensively in the area of classroom communication and has been recognized as a "Leading Scholar" in Classroom Communication by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS). Rich's principle co-author is Lynn Turner. Together with Lynn, he has co-authored 5 books in multiple editions. He is also co-editor of The Family Communication Sourcebook and the co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Family Communication. In 2014, NCA’s Family Communication Division recognized the Sourcebook as its Outstanding Book Award. In addition, Rich has (co) authored dozens of articles and book chapters and is a current member of numerous journal editorial boards. Rich's research has been featured in a number of media outlets including USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Toronto Globe & Mail, CNN International, Austin Statesman (TX), among others. When he has some free time, he enjoys working on his 105 year-old summer home in Maine, but privately admits that he would rather hire people than do the work himself!

Preface
To the Student
Practical and Theoretical Considerations
Providing Definitions
Family Culture
Denning the Family
Self-Definitions of Family
Definition Through Interaction
Popular Press Perspectives
Voluntary and Involuntary Ties
Creation of Boundaries
Evolving Time
Family Communication Perspective
Defining Communication
Axioms of Communication
Cultural and Demographic Trends Affecting the Family
From Tradition to Transition: Family Types in the United States
Family-of-Origin, Intergenerationality, and Family Genograms
Nuclear Families
Gay and Lesbian Families
Extended Families
Stepfamilies
Single-Parent Families
Couples
Marital and Family Typologies
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Providing Theoretical Frameworks
The Definition of Theory
The Goals of Theory
Theories as Tools for Studying Family Communication
Intellectual Traditions
The Positivistic/Empirical Approach
The Interpretive/Hermeneutic Approach
The Critical Approach
The Theoretical Assumptions Underlying this Text
The Centrality of Communication
Change Through Multidimensional Time
Influences of Social and Cultural Contexts
Popular Press Perspectives
The Family as a Meaning-Making System
Family Theories
Systems Theory
Social Construction Theory
Dialectics
Developmental Theory
Methods of Inquiry
Surveys
Experiments
Depth Interviews
Textual Analysis
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Family Interactions
Examining Structure: Roles and Rules
Roles and Family Communication
Interpreting Family Roles
Examining the Assumptions of Roles
Popular Press Perspectives
Gender Roles and Families
Reflecting on Roles
Rules and Family Communication
Interpreting Family Rules
Examining the Assumptions of Rules
Types of Communication Rules
Reflecting on Rules
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Societal Context for Family Communication
Televised Messages About Families
Families and Television Viewing
Televised Models of Family Communication
Early Images of Families on Television
Later Images of Families on Television
Recent Images of Families on Television
Future Images of Families on Television
Women's and Men's Movements and Their Influence on Families
Feminism and Women's Movements
The Male Voice and Men's Movements
Continuing Influence of Women's and Men's Movements
Government and the Family
Defining Family Policy
Marital and Family Rights
Child Concerns and Child Care
Popular Press Perspectives
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Communicating Intimacy
Interpreting Intimacy and Closeness
Culture and Intimacy
Popular Press Perspectives
Explaining Intimacy in Family Communication
The Dialectic Approach
Attachment Theory
Social Exchange Theory
The Circumplex Model
Expressing Intimacy in the Family
Declarations of Commitment
Positive Absolute Statements
Private Language
Messages of Comfort and Support
Playfulness
Nonverbal Intimacy and Sexuality
Self-Disclosure
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Telling Stories and Making Meaning
Understanding Family Stories
The Family as Subject
Sequence of Events
Significance
Popular Press Perspectives
Performance
Dramatic Element
Fluidity
Negotiated Meaning
Functions of Family Stories
Building Identity
Creating Links Among the Past, Present, and Future
Teaching Lessons and Morals
Negotiating Dialectical Tensions and Managing Difficulties
Types of Family Stories
Courtship Stories
Birth Stories
Survival Stories
Stories on the Margins
Other Meaning-Making Practices
Family Theme
Family Ritual
Family Myth
Family Metaphor
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Expressing Conflict, Power, and Violence
Conflict, Power, Violence, and Culture
Conflict in the Family
Interpreting Conflict
Popular Press Perspectives
Models of Family Conflict
Responses to Family Conflict
Power in the Family
Interpreting Power
Power and Decision Making
Decision-Making Processes
Factors Associated with Power and Decision Making
Power and Relational Control
Violence in the Family
Interpreting Violence
Assumptions Behind Family Violence
Verbal Aggression
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Communicating Under Stress
Interpreting Stress
Distinguishing Between Stressor and Stress
Distinguishing Between Developmental and Unpredictable Stressors
Assumptions About Stress and Stressors
Stressors Are in the Eyes of the Family Member
Family Stressors Are Shaped by Internal and External Contexts
Communication Is at the Heart of Family Stress Management
Communication and Developmental Stressors
Developmental Stressors in Young Families
Developmental Stressors in Growing Families
Developmental Stressors in Older Families
Some Conclusions About Developmental Stressors
Communication and Unpredictable Stressors
Divorce
Popular Press Perspectives
Homelessness
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Managing Challenging Dialogues
Religion and Spirituality in the United States
Family, Religion, and Culture
One Nation Under God
Families and Religious Convictions
Marriage and Religion
Messages About Women and Religion
Religion and the Internet
Conclusions About Faith and Families
Family Communication and Sexuality
Sexual Scripts and Sexual Communication
Popular Press Perspectives
Sexual Communication and Marriage
Sexual Communication and Culture
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Reflection
Conclusions
Concluding Perspectives on Family Communication
The Future of Family Communication Research
Explanations for Family Communication
Family Communication in Neglected and Understudied Populations
Work-Life Issues
Cultural Discourse About the Family
The Impact of Technology on Family Life
Co-Parenting
Thinking About Family Communication: Four Conclusions
Recognition of Diversity in Family Communication
Recognition of the Challenges of Family Communication
Recognition of the Value of Family Communication in Our Society
Recognition of Changing Times
Popular Press Perspectives
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Glossary
References
Credits
Name Index
Subject Index
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