Engaging Theories in Family Communication: Multiple Perspectives

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Dawn O. Braithwaite, Elizabeth A. Suter, Kory Floyd
Routledge, Sep 18, 2017 - Communication in families - 356 pages
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Contributor Biographies -- Preface -- 1 Introduction: The Landscape of Meta-Theory and Theory in Family Communication Research -- 2 Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication -- 3 Appraisal Theories of Emotion: How Families Understand and Communicate Their Feelings -- 4 Attachment Theory in Families: The Role of Communication -- 5 Attribution Theory: Who's at Fault in Families? -- 6 Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Linking Storytelling and Well-Being -- 7 Communication Accommodation Theory and Communication Theory of Identity: Theories of Communication and Identity -- 8 Communication Privacy Management Theory: Understanding Families -- 9 Communication Theory of Resilience: Enacting Adaptive-Transformative Processes When Families Experience Loss and Disruption -- 10 Critical Feminist Family Communication Theory: Gender, Power, and Praxis -- 11 Dyadic Power Theory: Dominance and Power in Family Communication -- 12 Facework Theory: Performing Familial Roles in Everyday Interactions -- 13 Family Communication Patterns Theory: A Grand Theory of Family Communication -- 14 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: A Framework for Understanding Family Conflict -- 15 General Systems Theory: A Compelling View of Family Life -- 16 Intersectionality: (Re)Considering Family Communication from Within the Margins -- 17 Language Convergence/Meaning Divergence Theory: Creating Conflict Through Misunderstandings -- 18 Multiple Goals Theories: Motivations for Family Interactions and Relationships -- 19 Narrative Performance Theory: Making Stories, Doing Family -- 20 Necessary Convergence Communication Theory: Submission and Power in Family Communication -- 21 Negotiated Morality Theory: How Family Communication Shapes Our Values

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Dawn O. Braithwaite is a Willa Cather Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studies communication in discourse dependent (postmodern) families, dialectics of relating, and rituals in step- and voluntary families. She has published five books and 125 manuscripts. Braithwaite received the National Communication Association's Brommel Award for Family Communication, was named Distinguished Scholar of Western States Communication Association, and is a Past President of the National Communication Association.

Elizabeth A. Suter is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Denver specializing in critical interpersonal and family communication. Her research lies at the intersection of relationships and culture, addressing issues of power, struggle, and social change. She co-edited the special issue of the Journal of Family Communication on critical approaches to family communication research, and is an officer of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Kory Floyd is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and on the intersection between interpersonal behavior and health. He has authored or edited 15 books and nearly 100 journal articles and chapters on interpersonal and family communication, nonverbal behavior, and psychophysiology. He is a past editor of the Journal of Family Communication and Communication Monographs.

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