Maintaining Long-Distance and Cross-Residential Relationships

Maintaining Long-Distance and Cross-Residential Relationships

Maintaining Long-Distance and Cross-Residential Relationships

Maintaining Long-Distance and Cross-Residential Relationships

Synopsis

Long-distance relationships have become an increasingly popular area of study, although limited work has been published. In response to this state of scholarship, author Laura Stafford has developed this volume, in which she summarises literature across the social sciences on various types of long-distance relationships and extracts themes and patterns across the relational types, relating them to theory.

Excerpt

During the early years of my academic career, I set out to study long-distance relationships. This pursuit was met with underwhelming support. I was advised to abandon such a foolish endeavor; long-distance relationships occurred so infrequently they warranted little attention. Being a pragmatist who desired tenure as opposed to an idealist who might thumb one'S nose at such direc— tion, 1 set aside this interest and continued along a path deemed more worthy. Less than 10 years later, long-distance relationships were identified as not only a significant relational and communicative phenomenon, but an understudied one at that (Wood & Duck, 1995). Within the last few years, the number of con— ference papers and dissertations on this relational form has increased substan— tially, though the number finding the light of publication remains limited; I anticipate this will change soon. Thus, I'm uncertain whether this volume is many years past due, or a very few years too early.

To the many people who have contributed to my worldview, I offer my thanks or apologies as each may deem appropriate. Also, I would like to acknowledge the input (at times demanded, at other times unsolicited and unwanted, though always needed) and support of colleagues, friends, and family (broadly con— strued) who endured me during the course of writing this text. The following sup— portive individuals, who are geographically proximal yet undoubtedly desired to be geographically removed more often than they expressed, warrant my appreci— ation: Martha Fay, Gene Frye, Julie Harden, Jeff Lerch, Bell O'Neil, Andy Merolla, Janessa Morris, Shuangyue Zhang, Artemio Ramierz Jr., Jason Stafford, Jeffrey Stafford, and Sean Stafford. Forgiveness is sought from the graduate students of my family communication seminar as they had the unfortunate experience of ev— ery discussion finding its way back to this project. Finally, heartfelt thanks are ex— tended to members of my ballet class. They know why.

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