Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication, Second Edition continues to address historically under-studied family relationships, such as those involving grandparents, in-laws, cousins, stepfamilies, and adoptive parents. In this engaging text, editors Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman bring together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within the family.

Relationships with Parents-in-Law

Relationships with parents-in-law
Mary Claire MorrSerewicz

In December 2004, the Jerusalem Post reported that musician Woody Guthrie “left behind a little-known legacy of Hanukkah, Holocaust and Jewish children's songs, and the inspiration was Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt, his mother-in-law” (Tugend, 2004, p. 24). When Marjorie Mazia left her Jewish husband to marry the non-Jewish Guthrie, her father, Isidore Greenblatt, refused to acknowledge the couple until their first child was born. But Aliza Greenblatt accepted her new son-in-law right away, perhaps because of their shared interests in poetry and politics. Seeing the tension his presence in the family caused between his parents-in-law, Guthrie began to study Judaism and eventually wrote a series of songs inspired by the Jewish religion and culture. For their part, the ...

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