Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships

Author(s): Dawn O Braithwaite, Kelly Rossetto, Jeffrey T. Child, Julia T Wood

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 302


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Casing Interpersonal Communication puts the proven concept of active learning to work for interpersonal communication students by immersing students in real life situations.

Easily adaptable to any existing interpersonal communication textbook, Casing Interpersonal Communication:

  • is available in affordable print and an electronic format that is easily accessible on a multitude of devices (desktop, online, or mobile). Readers can create study notes, collaborate with teachers and classmates, and search the text or notes to increase study time efficiency!
  • integrates 29 easy-to-read case studies written by experts that encourage students to use abstract and conceptual knowledge drawn from theory and research to analyze and address concrete circumstances that will help them to then apply this knowledge to their own lives and relationships.
  • features cases written from the viewpoint of different people, teaching students to appreciate multiple perspectives on communication and the situations in which it occurs.  Case subjects include disclosing social identity in personal relationships, managing identity and privacy with social media, negotiating marital naming practices, and more.
  • helps students expand their personal repertoire of communication choices so they can adapt effectively to diverse contexts, individuals, and relationships.
  • embeds an introductory section on how to use case studies in the classroom.

About the Contributors
Introduction: Teaching and Learning With Case Studies
Kelly R. Rossetto, Jeffrey T. Child, Julia T. Wood, & Dawn O. Braithwaite

SECTION ONE Communicating Identity and Culture
1 Moving Up: The Challenges of Communicating a New Social Class Identity
Kristen Lucas

2 What’s in a Name? Negotiating Marital Naming Practices
Karen A. Foss, Belle A. Edson, & Jennifer A. Linde

3 “It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way”: Transgender Identity, Family Relationships, and Interpersonal Communication
Christina G. Yoshimura

4 Starting a New Family Legacy: Transitioning From High School to College as a First-Generation Student
Tiffany R. Wang & Audra K. Nuru

5 Identity and Difference: Communication and Multiracial-Ethnic Identity in Personal and Family Relationships
Jordan Soliz, Megan E. Cardwell, & Mackensie C. Minniear

6 Traversing Racial and National Boundaries: Adopting Transracially and Internationally
Elizabeth A. Suter

SECTION TWO Communicating Relationship Development and Maintenance
7 Relating Across Transitions: Negotiating Uncertainties and Stigma Within Personal Relationships
Erin Sahlstein Parcell, Dathan N. Simpson, & Jacki Willenborg

8 Riding the Rollercoaster: Navigating an On-Again/Off-Again Relationship
René M. Dailey

9 Becoming a Real Family: Turning Points and Competing Discourses in Stepfamilies
Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt, & Bailey M. Oliver-Blackburn

10 The Betrayal: Communicating Forgiveness in a Blended Relationship
Vincent R. Waldron & Blake Harms

11 ’Til Promotion Do Us Part: Facing a Future at Work Without a Work Spouse
M. Chad McBride, Allison R. Thorson, & Karla M. Bergen

12 Talking Family: The Discourses of Voluntary Kin
Dawn O. Braithwaite, Trevor Kauer, Carol Tschampl-Diesing, & Betsy Wackernagel Bach

SECTION THREE Communicating to Reveal and Conceal
13 Disclosing Private Information: Newly Married Couple’s Embarrassing Dilemmas
Sandra Petronio & Jeffrey T. Child

14 Confiders and Confidants: One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Mental Health
Shawn C. Starcher & Robert D. Hall

15 (When and How) Should I Tell? Disclosing Social Identity in Personal Relationships
Brenda J. Allen

16 Sharing With Just a Few “Finsta” Friends: Context Collapse, Privacy, and Imagined Audiences on Social Media
Andrew M. Ledbetter & Colten Meisner

17 Opening Closed Doors: Managing Identity and Privacy With Social Media
Jeffrey T. Child

SECTION FOUR Communicating Challenging Topics and Relationship Issues
18 Journaling Our Past: Memorable Stories About Sex Communication, Education, and Relationships
Allison Bonander & Amanda Holman

19 Why Has “Finding God” Changed My Relationships?
Douglas L. Kelley & Debra-L Sequeira

20 Unilateral Union: Obsessive Relational Intrusion and Stalking in a Romantic Context
William R. Cupach & Brian H. Spitzberg

21 “Love Shouldn’t Hurt”: Warning Signs and Forms of Intimate Partner Violence
Loreen N. Olson & Emily A. Rauscher

22 What Happened? Naming and Talking About Acquaintance Rape
Kate Lockwood Harris, Sylvia Vue, & Caitlin Bond

23 The Heart of a Hummingbird: Communicating Compassion Following a Suicide Attempt
Erin K. Willer & Emily Krebs

SECTION FIVE Communicating Support and Resilience
24 Being #BlackintheIvory: The Process and Outcomes of Seeking and Receiving Support
Shardé M. Davis

25 Navigating Bumps in the Road: Support, Coping, and Resilience Through Life’s Transitions
Kelly R. Rossetto

26 Ideal Body Wishes for the Soon-to-Be Mrs.: Communicating Resistance and Acceptance of Everyday Body Talk
Analisa Arroyo, Valerie J. Young, & Tricia J. Burke

27 Family Time Capsule: Communicating Resilience During a Pandemic
Patrice M. Buzzanell & Suzy D’Enbeau

28 “I’m Sorry for Your Loss”: Supporting Others After Loss
Paige W. Toller

29 “Turning Our Lives Upside Down”: The Transition to Family Caregiving
Jennifer L. Bevan & Hannah Ball

Dawn O Braithwaite

Dawn O. Braithwaite (PhD, University of Minnesota) is a Willa Cather Professor of Communication Emerita at University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She studies discourse dependent relationships, dialectics of relating, and communication in step- and voluntary families. She has published six books and 150 articles and chapters. A Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association and Western States Communication Association, Braithwaite received NCA’s Brommel Family Communication and Becker Distinguished Service Awards. She is Past President of WSCA and NCA.

Kelly Rossetto

Kelly R. Rossetto (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University. She is also faculty director of GradWell, a program dedicated to improving graduate student well-being. She studies stress and resilience factors in individuals, relationships, and families, with a focus on coping and support. You can find her work published in Communication Monographs, Journal of Family Communication, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Jeffrey T. Child

Jeffrey T. Child (PhD, North Dakota State University) is a Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University and Associate Director of the Communication Privacy Management Center. His work explores privacy and disclosure practices at the intersection of personal and mediated communication. He has more than 30 research publications in a range of communication-related journals. He also served as the editor for the Journal of Family Communication (2018–2020)

Julia T Wood

Julia T. Wood (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has studied communication in personal relationships and gender, communication, and culture. She has published 100 articles and chapters and authored or edited 25 books. Dr. Wood has received 14 awards for distinguished scholarship and 13 teaching awards. Now retired, she devotes her time to working with Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Casing Interpersonal Communication pulls readers in like a good novel by portraying compelling and vivid glimpses into human relationships operating within numerous communication contexts. With fresh and sometimes surprising details attuned to real-life complexities, these memorable cases stick. Many cases layer details in ways that promise to enrich how readers view phenomena and encourage them to question how one should engage with others in particular situations. Through character’s viewpoints, readers are drawn into the struggles of working class professionals and first generation college students, former football heroes who suffer strained relationships after finding God in a post-car crash world, individuals identifying as gay/lesbian/transgender and negotiating relationships through social media and face-to-face encounters, and partner violence and stalking. Details not only enable exploration of ageism, immigration, cultural and religious misunderstandings, changing self-presentations and friends’ commentary in social media, and much more but also can be reconsidered from other viewpoints. In all, this case collection offers many possibilities for generating sophisticated problem-centered analyses through provocative guiding questions that lack easy or “right” answers, offering a foundation for continuous learning about interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.
Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University

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