Communication and Rhetorical Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Erik A. Garrett
Janie Harden Fritz
Craig T. Maier
interfaith, multifaith, family communication, inter-faith, multi-faith
The goal of this project is to nudge the conversation about interfaith families in a direction that examines the family post–interfaith dialogue. The term multifaith better represents this new aim because it encompasses all interactions and does not limit the family to the constraints of the moniker interfaith. I apply Walter Fisher’s concepts of coherence and fidelity, in coordination with family communication literature, to structure this project and to study the various aspects of a multifaith family and narrative. I also use three typologies of multifaith family (Passive/Passive, Passive/Active, and Active/Active) to better understand the variations of this family. The project includes a discussion of the multifaith family, the extended family, and the interaction with the faith community. Furthermore, I include examples of multifaith representation in popular culture because this illustrates the inclusion of this family type in media. The multifaith family is a distinct and growing type of family, and this project tries to better understand them and their narratives.
Friedberg, J. (2019). Multifaith Families and their Narratives within Society (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1762