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ERIC Number: ED221892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-5
Pages: 34
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Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Family Metaphor: Methodological and Theoretical Implications.
Jones, Tricia S.
A family's metaphor, the frame of reference or perspective that is created and reflected through a family's use of figurative language, is a key to understanding the underlying values and realities of families. Constructivist theories of language view metaphor as essential to the creation of meaning. From this perspective, using metaphor as a means of investigating family communication is both justified and important. Of course, interpreting metaphor is difficult, requiring the consideration of a variety of contextual, linguistic, and cognitive factors. Interpretative discourse analysis of metaphor, which considers both linguistic components of conversation and the social actor's underlying meaning, allows researchers to explicate the mechanisms by which people conduct and understand interaction. In analysis of this sort, family members generate and interpret metaphors for the researcher. Because of the nature of a family's consensual reality, researchers may expect to discover strong relationships between the operative perspective or metaphor and the problem-solving processes used by a family. For instance, a family employing a "business" metaphor would rely on different problem-solving strategies than a family that considered itself a "school." (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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