Edited By Leslie A. Baxter
This volume gathers together communication scholars who are working on the many kinds of alternative family forms, from, among others, grandfamilies, diasporic immigrant families, and military families to in (voluntarily) childless families and stepfamilies.
The organizing question for the volume focuses on resistance, reconstruction, and resilience: how is it that alternatives to the traditional family are constructed and sustained through communicative practices? Several chapters adopt a global perspective, thereby framing the issue of legitimation of «family» in a broader cultural context.
None of the family forms described in this volume meets the ideological «gold standard” of the nuclear family, and in this sense they all represent a remaking of the family in profound ways.
About the Contributors
Tamara D. Afifi (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on communication patterns that foster risk and resiliency in families and in other interpersonal relationships, with particular emphasis on: (1) information regulation (privacy, secrets, disclosures, avoidance) and (2) communication processes related to stress, conflict, uncertainty, social support, strength, and communal coping.
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