Florida Communication Journal
Florida Communication Association
urban tribes, nontraditional family, counterstories, metanarratives, resistance, family values
It was once the norm for people to get married in their early twenties,
perhaps right after college or maybe during college. Once married, there was
the need to start a family as soon as possible. However, nowadays, people
appear to be substituting (at least for this period of time after college) the
traditional family structure with a new one – the “urban tribe.” This paper
takes a critical approach to examining portrayals of rituals in “urban tribes”
in two television shows – Will & Grace and Friends in which we argue that
the progressive elements of these shows counter the master narratives of
traditional family values and that these counter stories act as resistance to
the given context of family.
McNabb, Nichelle D. and Friedman, Rachel, "The Lifestyle of the "Urban Tribe"" (2014). Communications Faculty Scholarship. Paper 1.
Friedman, R., & McNabb, N. (2014). The Lifestyle of the "Urban Tribe." Florida Communication Journal, 42(1), 61-78.