The Fourth Edition of this highly successful textbook provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the study and understanding of human relationships. This thoroughly revised edition combines the most recent research from social, personality, and developmental psychology, communication studies, family studies, and sociology with greater interdisciplinarity coverage and emphasis on processes of everyday life. Fresh insights from family studies, developmental psychology, occupational, and organizational psychology also combine to bring new perspectives to this thorough survey of the field. Thoroughly updated, with new chapters on Relating Difficulty, "small media" technology and relationships, and practical applications, the new edition is responsive to the student demand for insight into their own lives.

Daily Life: The Everyday Conduct and Management of Relationships
Daily life: The everyday conduct and management of relationships

People are actors in giving communicative life to the contradictions that organize their social life, but these contradictions in turn affect their communicative action … praxis focuses on the concrete practices by which social actors produce the future out of the past in their everyday lives (Baxter & Montgomery, 1996: 13–14)

Focus points for note taking when reading this chapter:

  • To what extent are relationships practical experiences rather than emotional experiences?
  • Do we like people who are like us — or is there more to it?
  • Are relationships based in information about other people or other things (too) and if so then what is the relative balance of information versus other things?
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