ERIC Number: ED364932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Sibling Communication in "Star Trek: The Next Generation": Conflicts between Brothers.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" depicts sibling relationships between Data and Lore (android), Worf and Kurn (Klingon) and Jean-Luc and Robert (human) that illustrate conflictual communication and suggest teaching applications. The most disturbing empirical communication research on conflict between brothers reports that male sibling pairs are consistently more violent than female sibling pairs. The relationship between Data and Lore is introduced in "Datalore," further developed in "Brothers," and concluded in "Descent II." Despite the almost identical "genetic" similarities between the brothers and the fact that they share the same parent and home, their values are dissimilar. Worf and Kurn's relationship is introduced in "Sins of the Father" and continued in "Redemption I and II." Even though the Klingon culture is violent, arguments between brother are not settled by physical attack because the hierarchy contributes to smooth functioning. In the episode "Family," captain Jean-Luc is able to reveal his frailties to his brother Robert, who is placed in his once familiar role of giving advice and protecting his younger brother. Students can use these relationships to analyze change in system patterns, make cross-cultural comparisons, and to explore commonalities in relationships. Making comparisons across the systems can also illustrate the importance of considering cultural assumptions about conflict and conflict resolution. (Contains 21 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Star Trek (The Next Generation)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami, FL, November 18-21, 1993).