Communications Faculty Scholarship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Publication Title

Florida Communication Journal

Publisher

Florida Communication Association

Keywords

urban tribes, nontraditional family, counterstories, metanarratives, resistance, family values

Abstract

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.

First Page

61

Last Page

78

Volume

42

Issue

1

Original Citation

Friedman, R., & McNabb, N. (2014). The Lifestyle of the "Urban Tribe." Florida Communication Journal, 42(1), 61-78.

Version

Publisher's Version