Perspectives on Family Communication

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Date

November 5, 2012

Format

Mixed media product, 480 pages

ISBN

0073406821 / 9780073406824

$

Your Price

173.33



Overview


Main description

Emphasizing the role that communication plays in both creating and solving family issues, Perspectives on Family Communication thoroughly 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.


Table of contents

Preface To the Student Part 1. PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS Chapter 1. Providing Definitions Family Culture Defining the Family Family Communication Perspective Cultural and Demographic Trends Affecting the Family From Tradition to Transition: Family Types in the United States Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 2. Providing Theoretical Frameworks The Definition of Theory Intellectual Traditions The Theoretical Assumptions Underlying this Text Family Theories Methods of Inquiry Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Part 2. Family Interactions Chapter 3. EXAMINING STRUCTURE: ROLES AND RULES Roles and Family Communication Rules and Family Communication Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 4. SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR COMMUNICATION Televised Messages About Families Women’s and Men’s Movements and Their Influence on Families Government and the Family Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 5. Communicating Intimacy Interpreting Intimacy and Closeness Culture and Intimacy Explaining Intimacy in Family Communication Expressing Intimacy in the Family Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 6TELLING STORIES AND MAKING MEANING Understanding Family Stories Functions of Family Stories Types of Family Stories Other Meaning-Making Practices Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 7. Expressing Conflict, Power, and Violence Conflict, Power, Violence, and Culture Conflict in the Family Power in the Family Violence in the Family Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 8. Communicating Under Stress Interpreting Stress Assumptions About Stress and Stressors Communication and Developmental Stressors Communication and Unpredictable Stressors Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Chapter 9. Managing Challenging Dialogues Religion in the United States Family Communication and Sexuality Summary Key Terms Questions for Reflection Part 3. Conclusions Chapter 10. Conclusing Perspectives on Family Communications The Future of Family Communication Research Cultural Discourse About the Family Thinking About Family Communication: Four Conclusions Summary Questions for Reflection Glossary References Credits Subject Index





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