Creating Good Relationships
Edited By Vince Waldron and Douglas Kelley
Moral Talk Across the Lifespan offers a stimulating blend of social science research and moral reflection. It is a key text for courses in Relational Communication, Family Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Ethics.
Epilogue: Good Relationship Talk
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Good Relationship Talk
DOUGLAS KELLEY & VINCENT WALDRON
This volume has focused on the discourse that makes relationships good. Each chapter author has examined how relationship partners negotiate moral aspects of their relationships. In light of these exploratory peeks into moral communication processes and various relationship phenomena, we offer three concluding questions regarding how we communicate about, and in, good relationships: What do relational partners understand as moral in their own relationships? How do relational partners engage in moral negotiation with one another? Is it useful to think of personal relationships in moral terms?
WHAT IS A GOOD RELATIONSHIP?
By framing this section as, “What is good …” or “What is moral …” we hope not to do several things. First, we do not mean to discuss what people typically think is “moral” regarding specific issues (e.g., on average how many parents think premarital sex is wrong?). Second, we do not mean to prescribe moral stances for partners or parents. Finally, we sincerely hope not to cast this epilogue as the final moral word.
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