This edition: Sustaining Family Relationships: Talk and Self-Disclosure
Focuses on the role of everyday conversation in creating and maintaining a family relationship.The class explores the three faces of talk: informative talk, talk as a means of expression, and talk as a tool for re-establishing contact. Specific focus is given to general talk and its unique meanings. Two specific kinds of talk - debriefing conversations and self-disclosure - are also defined and discussed in detail.
Featured interview: Professor Anita Vangelisti (University of Texas - Austin) and Professor Julia Wood (University of North Carolina)