Communication Among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

Communication Among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

by Michelle A. Miller-Day

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Overview

Communication Among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships by Michelle A. Miller-Day

This volume examines communication processes within the grandmother-mother-daughter relationship, emphasizing an intergenerational perspective. Using observations of and extensive interviews with six sets of middle-income, Caucasian female family members, this book offers a heuristic account of intergenerational mother-daughter relational communication.

Author Michelle Miller-Day integrates and juxtaposes alternative experiences of social interaction, situating readers in the world of grandmothers, mothers, adult daughters, and granddaughters as they experience, describe, and analyze their family communication. Miller-Day incorporates aged mothers and younger mid-life mothers and their adult daughters into the research to illustrate how this type of maternal relationship is experienced at different points in a woman's life. With the inclusion of three generations of women, Miller-Day offers multigenerational perspectives on family, and examines them for patterns of maternal interaction, providing symbolic links across generational boundaries.

Communication Among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters enables readers to understand more completely the richly textured nature of maternal relationships. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers in the areas of communication and relationships, including family communication, intergenerational communication, women's studies, family studies, interpersonal communication, and relationships, as well as social workers, psychologists, and counselors, who strive to understand family communication processes and their dynamics across generational lines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138813045
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Foreword. Preface. Part I: Setting the Scene. Velvet Chains: Understanding Maternal Relationships. The Qualitative Research Journey: "How Did I Get Here and Where Am I Going?" Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters in Elkwood. Part II: The Action. Contradictions. Patterns of Interaction: Best Intentions, Bitter Regret, Resentment, and Love. Part III: The Denouement. Theoretical Development. Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Force to Be Reckoned With. Epilogue.

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