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Kathleen M. Galvin

In: The Family Communication Sourcebook

Chapter 1: Diversity's Impact on Defining the Family: Discourse-Dependence and Identity

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Diversity's Impact on Defining the Family: Discourse-Dependence and Identity
Diversity's impact on defining the family: Discourse-dependence and identity
Kathleen M.GalvinNorthwestern University

Contemporary families represent a world of “normative instability and definitional crisis” (Stacey, 1999a, p. 489), making it more difficult for members to keep order in their personal lives and maintain family stability (McCracken, 2004). Although all societies and cultures have webs of kinship relationships, the structures of which change across time and cultures (Garey & Hansen, 1998), U.S. families represent the forefront of familial redefinition due to the multiplicity of changing kinship patterns. As families become increasingly diverse, their definitional processes expand exponentially, rendering their identity highly discourse dependent. Family identity depends, in part, on members' communication with outsiders, as well as with each other, regarding ...

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