The Contemporary American Family: A Dialectical Perspective on Communication and Relationships recognizes that families are both close and distant, stable and changing, amenable and uncontrollable. Teresa Chandler Sabourin employs a dialectical approach, acknowledging that a family’s contradictions and relational tensions may be the determining factor in its interaction. Writing in a direct and simple style, Sabourin uses this innovative theoretical position to address four types of family diversity: structural, cultural, developmental, and functional. Designed as a supplemental text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Family Communication, The Contemporary American Family is also an invaluable resource for students in Family Studies and Women’s Studies courses.    

Bringing Light into Darkness: Family Spirituality

Bringing light into darkness: Family spirituality

This book has focused on using a dialectical approach to identify the structural and cultural diversity of the contemporary American family. Critical to taking this dialectical stance is to recognize the complex and contradictory nature of relationships within the family. In the previous chapter, we examined the evidence of the darker side of family life, and perhaps our examination created the false impression that dark can exist apart from its polar relationship with light. In this chapter, we focus on spirituality as a source of light in the family and use the terms dark and light to express the dialectical interplay of both forces. There is no dark without light. There is no light ...

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