Campus Units

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

1-24-2018

Journal or Book Title

Communication Studies

Volume

69

Issue

2

First Page

161

Last Page

179

DOI

10.1080/10510974.2018.1425215

Abstract

A case study of a family reunion ritual is showcased in this analysis. Fifty-nine members of one multigenerational family were interviewed and answered questions about their most meaningful family reunion memories. The author integrated the interview data, reunion observations, and family documents to answer research questions about the construction of meaningful reunion rituals, the meaning attached to ritualizing activities, and the transformation of the ritual over time. Three metaphorical phases—labeled allegro, legato, and decrescendo —describe how family members described changes in the family reunion ritual over time. The findings show that members of this multigenerational family reported alignment with the properties of family rituals theorizing – transformation, communication, and stabilization.

Comments

This accepted article is published as Coffelt, T. A. (2018). A paragon of family ritual: The Zimmerman family reunion. Communication Studies, 69, 161-179. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1425215. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor and Francis

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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