Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics

  • 16h 37m
  • Geoffrey D. Luurs
  • IGI Global
  • 2022

Social norms are valuable because they help us to understand guidelines for appropriate and ethical behavior. However, as part of that process, cultures develop taboo behaviors and topics for group members to avoid. Failure to discuss important topics, such as sex, drug use, or interpersonal violence, can lead to unwanted or unintended negative outcomes. Improving communication about forbidden topics may lead to positive social and health outcomes, but we must first develop the communication and coping skills to handle these difficult conversations.

The Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics seeks both quantitative and qualitative research to provide empirical evidence of the negative social and health outcomes of avoiding taboo conversations and provides communication and coping strategies for dealing with difficult topics. Covering a range of issues such as grief and forgiveness, this major reference work is ideal for academicians, practitioners, researchers, counselors, sociologists, professionals, instructors, and students.

About the Author

Geoffrey Luurs is an Assistant Professor of organizational communication and leadership at Murray State University. His primary research interests are in the intersections between communication taboos and health. His research has been published in Health Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and several research handbooks on emergent cyberbullying research.

In this Book

  • Stigmatized Disclosure in Close Relationships
  • A Milieu of Taboo—Threat, Avoidance, Power, and Control
  • Taboo Language—Patriarchal Oppression of Women’s Use of Profanity
  • Using the Risk Negotiation Framework to Explore the Taboo Aspects of Forgiveness Among Organizational Members
  • Racism in the United States—Messy Conversations About Exceptionalism, Passivity, and Why America Has Yet to Overcome
  • Race and Cultural Taboo—Refugee Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Communicating Transgender Identity
  • Rising Against LGBT Taboos Through Communication and Social Marketing Strategies—Using Web TV Series to Challenge Discriminatory Behavior
  • Dismantling Taboos in Brazilian Popular Music Through the Works of Ceatano Veloso and Chico Buarque—Aesthetic-Social Provocations, Disruptions, and Obliterations
  • Cyberbullying and Family Communication Theory and Research
  • For Love or for Business—Taboos of Family Business Communication
  • Family Communication at the End of Life—Breaking the Taboo Through Entertainment Media
  • Negotiated Morality, Families, and Communicating About Menstruation—Sites for Moral Understandings
  • Online Safe (Enough) Spaces—Internet Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Challenging the Taboo Against Personal Abortion Accounts—Towards a Discourse of Strong Objectivity
  • Communicating Human-Object Orientation—Rhetorical Strategies for Countering Multiple Taboos
  • Audio Ageplay and Sonic Spankings—The Rhetorical Work of Podcasts to Demystify Kink
  • Sex Beyond Commitment—Exploring Taboo Communication About Non-Monogamy in Open and Closed Relationships
  • Taboo Topics and Sexual Education in Indian Schools—How and What Teachers Communicate?
  • Communicating Quadriplegia—An Autoethnography of Disability Perceptions.
  • Conceptualizing Psychiatric “Dirty Work” and Stigma in the Breakdown of the Therapeutic Alliance—A Phenomenological Lens on Mental Illness Discourse
  • Grief as Taboo—Lewis, Burleson, and the Communication of Grief
  • Communication and Disenfranchised Grief—Managing the Unrecognized Grief of Pet Loss
  • When God Doesn’t Make Sense—Non-Religious Communications at the End of Life
  • Compilation of References