‘I do’ again: The relational dialectics of renewing marriage vows

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Leslie A. Baxter

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This study provides descriptive insight into the dialectical themes of one public relationship ritual in modern US society, the renewal of marital vows between spouses. Interpretive analyses of in-depth interview data revealed that this ritual allows spouses to manage three underlying dialectical contra- dictions: private-public, stability-change and conventionality-uniqueness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-198
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • marriage vow renewal
  • relational dialectics
  • ritual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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