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Family Communication and Cultural Transformation
(Re)Awakening Legacies of Equality, Social Justice, Freedom, and Hope

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ISBN 9781032111629
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Building on their past work in race and family communication, Rhunette C. Diggs and Thomas J. Socha gather in this volume contemporary theory and research concerning ways that families use communication to transform inherited cultural legacies for the better (Communication 3.0).

The book expands the field of communication’s understanding of the impact of family communication on the management of diverse and clashing cultural relationships, identities, meanings, and communication practices across the lifespan. It spotlights the economically disenfranchised alongside the economically secure, the systematically oppressed next to beneficiaries of Whiteness, and those actually or metaphorically killed and or threatened by violence and hateful systems outside of home. Together, the contributions address omissions of diverse family contexts in family communication research and reconsider qualitative and quantitative approaches that bring respect and equality to the participant-researcher relationship.

This book is suitable as a supplementary text for courses in family communication, family studies, race and ethnicity in communication, and intergroup communication.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A Better Way: Family Communication 3.0

Rhunette C. Diggs and Thomas J. Socha


Chapter 2. Family Communication (Re)Awakening Indigenous Resilience, Wellness, and Transcendence

Catherine E. McKinley and Jenn Lilly


Chapter 3. Unsettling Narrative Inheritance in Multicultural Family: Race, Class and Wealth in Family Stories of Property

Carlos G. Alemán and Melissa W. Alemán


Chapter 4. QAnon’s Ideology of Hate: As a Catalyst for Negative Transformation in Families and Close Relationships

Michael Waltman


Chapter 5. Guess Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed): Multiracial Romance and Families in Public and Private Spheres

Sheri Parks


Chapter 6. Resilience, Transitions, and Migration: Family Communication Toward a More Hopeful Future

Gary Beck, Danielle Jackson, Amy Makze-Fawcett, and Kayla Blansett Peters


Chapter 7. Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Understanding Family Histories and Narratives

Megan Cardwell, Jordan Soliz, and Jody Koenig Kellas


Chapter 8. Unexpected Financial Crises: Family Communication, Financial Planning, Ethnic/Racial Financial Practices and Transformative Financial Security 

Roberta Davilla and A. Frank Thompson


Chapter 9. Breaking Free: Black, White, Bi-racial Women Respond to Memories of Family Race Legacies and Pass on Anti-Racism and Self-Family Care

Rhunette C. Diggs, Angela Hurd, Lois Ann Sellers, Colleen Cunningham, and Brigitte Christmon


Chapter 10 Healing from Trauma: Analyzing Letters When a Loved One is Incarcerated

Abiola Lawal and Yvette Harris


Chapter 11. A Brief Report: A Black Woman’s Life Shines the Light on Black Males and Family Communication

Rhunette Diggs


Chapter 12. Family Communication 3.0: Smartphones, Transformation, and Families in the US and China

Thomas J. Socha



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Rhunette C. Diggs is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Johnson C. Smith University and an Adjunct Instructor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, USA.

Thomas J. Socha is Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University, USA.


"Global futurity depends upon fully functioning families that utilize communication in ways that counter oppression and forge relations of justice within and beyond the family. This text conceptualizes, critiques, and curates modes of family communication and the appropriate methods for studying them. It challenges the field of communication to listen to families and learn from the marginalized."

Toni C. King, Denison University, USA.