1st Edition

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

Edited By Rhunette C. Diggs, Thomas J. Socha Copyright 2023
    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 life-long impact that family communication has on the managing diverse and clashing cultural relationships, identities, meanings, and communication practices. 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.

    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




    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.