A Paragon of Family Ritual: The Zimmerman Family Reunion
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A case study of a family reunion ritual is showcased in this analysis. Fifty-nine members of one multigenerational family were interviewed and answered questions about their most meaningful family reunion memories. The author integrated the interview data, reunion observations, and family documents to answer research questions about the construction of meaningful reunion rituals, the meaning attached to ritualizing activities, and the transformation of the ritual over time. Three metaphorical phases—labeled allegro, legato, and decrescendo —describe how family members described changes in the family reunion ritual over time. The findings show that members of this multigenerational family reported alignment with the properties of family rituals theorizing – transformation, communication, and stabilization.
This accepted article is published as Coffelt, T. A. (2018). A paragon of family ritual: The Zimmerman family reunion. Communication Studies, 69, 161-179. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1425215. Posted with permission.