Oxymoronically, existence is change, or so say the sages. Without stability, meaning degrades to meaninglessness. In a series of letters, a father and daughter try to understand stability and change, love and loss, dependence and freedom, the parent–child relationship, and head and heart, as they consider an opportunity to write about migration as family history.
Letting Go, Holding On
Austin S. Babrow is Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University, where he studies and teaches communication theory as well as health, environmental, and risk communication. He is particularly interested in the intersection of communication, uncertainty, and values, such as the communicative construction of uncertainty and the profound values associated with health and environmental risk. Correspondence to: Austin S. Babrow, School of Communication Studies, 431 Schoonover Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Fran J. Babrow received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Tulane University in 2015. Since then, she has served as an Americorps volunteer in Greely, CO, and worked at the Inner City Health Center in Denver, CO, in both cases promoting women's and children's health. She is currently applying to nursing and MPH programs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors thank Devika Chawla for editorial suggestions on an earlier draft of the essay.
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Austin S. Babrow, Fran J. Babrow; Letting Go, Holding On. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2019; 8 (1): 72–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.1.72
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