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Inter-generational Argumentation: Children’s Account Work During DinnerConversations in Italy and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9290-4167
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2017 (English)In: Interpersonal Argumentation in Educational and Professional Contexts / [ed] Francesco Arcidiacono, Antonio Bova, New York: Springer-Verlag New York, 2017, 1-26 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter illuminates how accountability is a core aspect of the intergenerational argumentation by family members during social interaction at dinnertime. First, an introduction to the concepts of social accountability and language socialization will be provided. Some prior work has focused on mutual apprenticeship (Pontecorvo, Fasulo & Sterponi, 2001), but not much work has problematized how children deploy what we will call proto-accounts (laments, multiple repeats, want-statements) on the one hand, and varied verbal accounts, on the other, in relation to age class or prior language socialization experiences. Second, we will present our study on argumentation, exploring how children’s accounts work during family dinner conversations. Argumentative resources used by parents and children will be discussed in the final part of the chapter in terms of social accountability and the relevance that these strategies have as truly interactional accomplishments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer-Verlag New York, 2017. 1-26 p.
Keyword [en]
inter-generational argumentation, accountability, accounts, directives, complaints
National Category
Specific Languages Social Anthropology
Research subject
Italian
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137859DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59084-4ISBN: 978-3-319-59083-7 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-59084-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137859DiVA: diva2:1064658
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CELF, UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. L’ordine sociale a tavola: L’interazione tra genitori e figli in famiglie italiane e svedesi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>L’ordine sociale a tavola: L’interazione tra genitori e figli in famiglie italiane e svedesi
2017 (Italian)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
The social order at the dinner table : The interaction between parents and children in Italian and Swedish families
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines mealtime conversations between parents and children in eight Swedish and eight Italian middle class, dual-earner households, exploring the ways in which children are engaged in the cooperative construction of social order. The study is part of an international project (cf. Aronsson & Pontecorvo, 2002), coordinated with prior work in the US (cf. Ochs & Kremer-Sadlik, 2013).

Study I explores how children’s accounts work during family dinner conversations. So called proto-accounts (laments, multiple repeats, want-statements) and varied verbal accounts are analyzed in relation to age class or prior language socialization experiences.

Study II focuses on the use of endearment terms in directive sequences between parents and children. The findings show an asymmetrical distribution of endearment terms, in that only parents make use of them when interactional problems – children’s non-compliance with parental requests in particular – arise.  

Study III examines the ways in which Italian parents deploy the discourse marker dai (‘come on’) in directive sequences. This is a flexible linguistic resource that is employed by parents as a cajoling token when children fail to comply with parental requests, hindering the advancement of the in-progress activity.

This thesis describes family mealtimes as parent-directed activities where sociality, morality and local understandings of the world (Ochs & Shohet, 2006) are collaboratively re-created and enacted. This confirms the crucial role of everyday family meals as rich cultural sites (Ochs & Shohet, 2006) for reasserting moral attitudes of the family: participants learn moment by moment how to be competent actors that are able to choose between alternative courses of action and that can therefore be held accountable for their actions (Bergmann, 1998: 284). From this point of view, a dinner is paradigmatic of the deep moral sense that permeates the making of a family.     

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University, 2017. 92 p.
Series
Forskningsrapporter / Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för franska och italienska: cahiers de la recherche, ISSN 1654-1294 ; 57
Keyword
Italian, Swedish, talk-in-interaction, mealtime interaction, socialization, directives, social order, morality, agency
National Category
Languages and Literature Specific Languages Sociology Social Anthropology
Research subject
Italian
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139068 (URN)978-91-7649-678-7 (ISBN)978-91-7649-679-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-24, Högbomsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (Italian)
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Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-02-02 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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