Journal of Family Communication Now Welcoming Submissions on Communication & Families on the Margins

Journal of Family Communication

This special issue responds to calls for analysis of contextual research about family communication experiences.  The motivation for this special issue is grounded in the belief that family concepts such as identity conflicts, intergenerational conflicts, attachment, and even the definition of family itself are experienced differently based on specific situations, such as homelessness and poverty. Further, many of these specific situations have been marginalized in our research, leaving us without knowledge of a large variety of family communication behaviors.  Accepted manuscripts will interrogate the assumption that family communication practices and processes are similar across different groups, and will investigate communication in family groups we have traditionally ignored.

This special issue on families on the margins seeks to provide an outlet for exemplary research examining the intersections of communication within and outside families experiencing marginal situations such as homelessness and poverty. We hope to redress the dearth of research published in JFC exploring communication in populations of families who are outside the U.S. European American middle class (Soliz & Phillips, 2018; Turner & West, 2018)

A wide variety of definitions of family are acceptable for use in submitted manuscripts; an inclusive approach to the definition of family will be appreciated.  Marginal situations may also be broadly defined, but for this special issue, we are foregrounding families experiencing homelessness, and poverty, as well as immigrant families and gay, lesbian, and transgender families. Successful manuscripts will attend to the ways in which marginal situations and communication interact within and outside the family.  This may take the form of how families within a given situation organize or manage their internal communication or an examination of how cultural discussions of homelessness, for example, impact family communication.  Manuscripts may utilize quantitative, qualitative, and/or critical methodologies.   While we would accept both theoretical/conceptual and empirical pieces, data based work is especially encouraged.  Traditional investigative methods as well as innovative methods are welcome.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should follow the complete guidelines for preparing and submitting manuscripts outlined on the Journal of Family Communication’s website: Once on the site, click Instructions for Authors. Direct any inquiries to the Guest Editors, Dr. Lynn Turner  or Dr. Rich West. In your submission letter, be certain to indicate that the submission should be considered for this special issue.

The schedule for this special issue includes the following dates:

  • Submission Deadline:  November 15, 2018
  • Feedback from Reviewers Sent to Authors:  January15, 2019
  • Final Acceptance Notifications:  April 15, 2019

Editorial information

  • Co-editor: Lynn H. Turner, Marquette University
  • Co-editor: Richard West, Emerson College