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.

Centripetal–Centrifugal Struggle

Centripetal–centrifugal struggle

Throughout Chapters 3 and 4, I have frequently referred to the struggle of competing discourses. Whereas those chapters emphasized the discourses that were in competition, this chapter focuses instead on the process of struggle, or what Baxter and Montgomery (1996) referred to as communication praxis.1 Expressed simply, praxis refers to the process of constructing meaning from the interplay of competing discourses. It is important to understand the ways in which discourses can be in play with one another so that we can understand with greater precision how meanings are constructed. Existing research tends to have a certain “black box” quality to it: Competing discourses are identified by researchers and then mysteriously disappear into one side of the black box of praxis, only ...

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