Family Storytelling: Negotiating Identities, Teaching Lessons, and Making Meaning

1st Edition

Jody Koenig Kellas

Published May 22, 2017
Reference - 6 Pages
ISBN 9781138109872 - CAT# Y337148

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Stories and storytelling are one of the primary ways that families and family members make sense of both everyday and difficult events, create a sense of individual and group identity, remember, connect generations, and establish guidelines for family behavior. With so many important functions, storytelling is a significant but still understudied communicative process for the family.

Family Storytelling focuses on the ways in which stories are told in and about family in order to provide insight into the processes, functions, and consequences of family storytelling. This collection of empirical articles illuminates various ways in which family storytelling affects and reflects the negotiation of individual and relational identity in the family, teaches important family lessons, and helps members make sense of and cope with difficulty. Each of these functions is explored through both scientific and interpretive investigations, thus showcasing the contributions that research on family storytelling from different paradigms make to our understanding of the family.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Family Communication.


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