Social context and relationships

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Sage Publications, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 198 pages
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This volume explores the impact of social, cultural, structural, network and dynamic transactional processes on the conduct of relationships. In so doing, it makes a compelling case for research to be directed away from over-application of individual perspectives and towards inclusion of contextual factors.Confronting the practical realities against which individuals may struggle to manage relationships, contributors focus on such issues as: limits on opportunity and freedom; coercive family norms; responsibilities; poverty; and prejudice.

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Steve Duck taught at two universities in the U.K. before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Professorship in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa in 1986 where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. He has taught several interpersonal communication courses, mostly on interpersonal communication and relationships, but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, and communication theory. Always by training an interdisciplinary thinker, Steve has focused on the development and decline of relationships from many different perspectives although he has also done research on the dynamics of television production techniques and persuasive messages in health contexts. Steve has written or edited 50 books on relationships and other matters (including Rethinking Relationships, forthcoming from SAGE), was the founder of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and its editor for its first 15 years. His 1994 book Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense and Relating won the G R Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Division of the National Communication Association. Steve was the co-founder of the series of Interpersonal Conferences on Personal Relationships that began in 1982. He was the winner of the first Outstanding Graduate Mentor, University of Iowa 2001; the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award National Communication Association (2004) for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness”; and the 2010 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, "in special recognition of career-long dedication to, and excellence in, teaching." He wishes he could play the piano.

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