Communication in Families

Lynn Schofield Clark

in The Parent App

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980161 | DOI:
Communication in Families

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This chapter highlights the patterns of communication that existed within families before digital and mobile media technologies appeared and that continue to shape the uses of these technologies. It argues that there are differences in how parents understand the relationship of communication technologies to risk, with upper income families concerned about the risk of mediated leisure that might undermine educational and economic goals, some middle income families worried about the risks of a polluting cultural environment and failing schools, and lower income families worried about risks of even more decrepit social structures that create failed opportunities for their children. The chapter demonstrates that whereas media are implicated in the risks of upper income families’ goals, lower income families can instead sometimes view media as a means to meet familial goals such as finding ways to avoid neighborhood-related risks and seeking productive outlets for time.

Keywords: expressive empowerment; respectful connectedness; concerted cultivation; concept-oriented family communication; social uses of media; the Weltons; the Grantmans; Nelsons; Polanskis; Cruz family

Chapter.  11383 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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