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.
Volume 3, Number 4, 2003
Contents: INTRODUCTION: L.H. Turner, R. West, Breaking Through Silence: Increasing Voice for Diverse Families in Communication Research. POINT OF VIEW: S. Coontz, Diversity and Communication Values in the Family. ARTICLES: E.E. Graham, Dialectic Contradictions in Post-Marital Relationships. C.L. Bylund, Ethnic Diversity and Family Stories. K. Galvin, International/Transracial Adoption: A Communication Research Agenda.