She considers how transgressions are semantically constructed as well as behaviorally negotiated by relational partners. The next two chapters in this section focus on aspects of communication within families. Petronio presents an original program of research grounded in the theory of communication boundary management. Specifically, she applies the theory to the context of parents invading the privacy of their college-aged children. Her work illuminates how parents and children manage privacy invasion as well as the consequences for parent-child relationships. In contrast, the chapter by Stafford and Dainton investigates presumably "normal" family interaction in broader strokes. The authors debunk myths regarding the institution of family in America, and illustrate the darker side of certain aspects of routine, day-to-day interaction among members of "ordinary" families. The authors also briefly review social-political and feminist critiques of the family. The final chapter in section four by Marshall thoroughly overviews the concept of abuse in relationships. Following an explication of key findings regarding physical abuse and violence, she offers a fresh perspective on the elusive phenomenon of psychological abuse. Marshall suggests that some of the deleterious effects previously associated with physical violence may actually stem from the more subtle forms of psychological abuse.
In the closing chapter, we offer a brief epilogue to the numerous provocative issues raised in this volume. We consider what the darkness metaphor implies for the study of human interaction. We also forecast some themes that could be profitably elaborated in supplementary volumes on the dark side.
We sincerely thank our friends and colleagues who supported us in our endeavor to illuminate the dark side. We are especially grateful to the talented authors whose provocative contributions comprise this book. We also acknowledge the contribution of Michael Hecht, who facilitated critical discussion about the dark side during a program at the Western States Communication Association in Albuquerque. Thanks are also due to Mary Doud and Emily Reece who carefully and patiently assisted us with manuscript minutiae.
-- William R. Cupach
-- Brian H. Spitzberg
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