Voices of women in commuter marriages

A site of discursive struggle

M. Chad McBride, Karla Mason Bergen

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Abstract

The goal of the present study was to examine the sites of discursive struggle in the talk of commuter wives and how the interpenetration of discourses construct meaning for those in the commuter marriage. Fifty individual interviews were analyzed using contrapuntal analysis to examine competing discourses. From our analysis, two sites of discursive struggle emerged from the talk of commuter wives about their marital relationships: (a) discursive struggles of integration and (b) discursive struggles of conventionality. The voices of these participants responded to and anticipated both distal (cultural) and proximal (relational) discourses along the utterance chain constructing meaning around what it meant to be in a commuter marriage. Additionally, these data provided theoretical expansion in highlighting the understudied aspects of the distal not-yet-spoken in meaning construction surrounding relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-572
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Voices of women in commuter marriages : A site of discursive struggle. / McBride, M. Chad; Bergen, Karla Mason.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2014, p. 554-572.

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