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Family as Discourse

Family as discourse


Family as discourse draws on a social scientific approach that emphasizes the importance of language and meaning in understanding social lives. This focus on meanings and their implications may thus be theorized as creating ‘family’ and (variable) family identities.


The idea of family as discourse draws attention to the importance of language and meaning in understanding family lives. Related bodies of work that draw on a notion of family discourse, include, firstly, research on child language acquisition, and the ways in which parents and children together construct a sense of shared family values; and, secondly, studies of interactions between family members as sites where discourses occur, with implications for other social processes such as gender, power, connection, solidarity, beliefs and values. ...

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