Communication and Diversity in the Contemporary Family

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Lynn H. Turner, Richard West
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 72 pages
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This special issue examines family communication using a slightly different definition of the family, forming the beginning of a more expansive ideology of family life. Each paper examines family life via a cultural lens beyond white, middle-class nuclear families and represents a mosaic of unique, insightful, and provocative thoughts on families. The first article seeks to understand an overlooked family relationship: the post-marital relationship following divorce. The next paper focuses on an engrossing area of family discourse: family stories. The final article sets an agenda for communication researchers focused on families through interactional/transracial adoption. As such, this issue signifies a leading edge in scholarship on family communication in diverse contexts.

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Lynn H. Turner (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research areas of interest include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as several articles and book chapters (many with Rich West). Lynn has served in a number of different positions: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication at Marquette University; President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), President of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), and Chair of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association. In her free time, Lynn delights in babysitting for her grandchildren.

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