Provides scholars and students with guidance in using RDT to guide their own researchIntended AudienceVoicing Relationships is ideal for use in a wide range of courses, such as Interpersonal Communication; Family Studies; Couples, Marriage, and Family; and Counseling.

Discursive Struggles of Culture

Discursive struggles of culture

Let me begin this chapter with an utterance from a 46-year-old man who was being interviewed about his voluntary kin, that is, those persons he regarded as family although they were unrelated to him according to the mainstream cultural metrics of biological bonds or legal ties. The interview participant was describing his relationship with Jim, a pseudonym for a member of his second family:

Well, sometimes it's difficult and challenging when they're [the members of his voluntary kin family] going through some very difficult times. Sometimes they make decisions that you wouldn't make for yourself…. For example, Jim, you will notice that I didn't include his partner Ron as my voluntary kin, but obviously Jim is there, Ron is ...

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