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The Family Communication Sourcebook by Lynn H. Turner

The Family Communication Sourcebook


The Family Communication Sourcebook by Lynn H. Turner

The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. It frames current research practices and approaches with a historical overview of how the field developed. The authors, whose work is spotlighted in this volume, find their disciplinary home in the field of communication. Thus, the book focuses specifically on how communication presents a unique window into family practices as well as shapes scholars' definitions and approaches to family. The book is divided into four sections to fully map the area of family communication: - Defining and Interpreting the Family; - Theoretical and Methodological Considerations; - Internal Family Dynamic; - External Structural Frameworks.


There is no question that this volume represents the best, most up-to-date compendium about family communication available to advanced students in various disciplines, especially family therapists who desire a substantive background for their practice. There are extremely relevant topics that deserve the attention of family-oriented scholars, researchers, and clinicians. There is no question, in my opinion, that this volume is a substantial contribution to the field of family communication. Once could go as far as asserting that it constitutes a milestone in the evolution of theories, models, and research not only in the field of communication but also in the sociological and psychological study of the family. -- Luciano L'Abate * Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books * The book's most distinctive feature is revealed in its third and fourth sections, where the editors pair chapters that address specific communication issues. These pairings--a review chapter and a fresh exemplar--address topics such as conflict, discipline, rituals, the impact of the media or workplace, religion, schools, and health care. Summing up: Highly recommended. -- R. B. Stewart Jr.

About the Author

Lynn H. Turner (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research areas of interest include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as several articles and book chapters (many with Rich West). Lynn has served in a number of different positions: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication at Marquette University; President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), President of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), and Chair of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association. In her free time, Lynn delights in babysitting for her grandchildren. Richard West (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1991) is Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. He received his BA and MA in Communication at Illinois State University. Rich is the co-author (with Lynn Turner) of several leading books in communication (Perspectives on Family Communication/4th ed; Interpersonal Communication/2nd ed; IPC/1st ed; Introducing Communication Theory/5th ed; Gender and Communication/3rd ed;) and served as co-editor of the Sage Sourcebook of Family Communication. He is the author/co-author of over 40 articles and essays and he has participated in over 100 NCA programs. Rich's work has appeared in Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Communication Reports, Journal of Family Communication, among others. He has served as Guest Co-Editor of the Journal of Family Communication twice and has been a member of nearly 10 journal editorial boards in communication. Rich's work intersects family, identity, and culture. Yet, he admits to being somewhat of a 'scholarly nomad,' exploring a number of different topics, including gay parenting, holiday stress, student questions in the classroom, job burnout, among other areas. Rich is the recipient of several recognitions, including Outstanding Alumni in Communication awards from both Illinois State University and Ohio University. ISU has also recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in Forensics and as an Outstanding Alum in Teacher Education. He has also been recognized as an ECA Research Fellow and was the recipient of ECA's Past President's Award. In 2012, the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship named him a Leading Scholar in Communication Education. He has served as President of the Eastern Communication (2008) and the National Communication Association (2012).

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Publication date

25th May 2006


Lynn H. Turner

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SAGE Publications Inc


568 pages


Communication studies



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