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Generational positions at family dinner: Food morality and social order
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier. (Socialt arbete)
2011 (English)In: Language in society (London. Print), ISSN 0047-4045, E-ISSN 1469-8013, Vol. 40, no 4, 405-426 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article concerns generation and food morality, drawing on video recordings of dinners in Swedish middle-class families. A detailed analysis of affectdisplays during one family dinner extends prior work on food morality (Ochs, Pontecorvo, & Fasulo 1996; Grieshaber 1997; Bourdieu 2003; Wiggins 2004), documenting ways in which participants may shift between distinct GENERATIONAL POSITIONS with respect to affects and food morality (from “irresponsiblechild” to caretaker positions). In our recordings, an elder sibling is shifting between a series of contrasting affective stances (Ochs & Schieffelin 1989; M. Goodwin 2006; Stivers 2008), linked to generational positionsalong an implicit age continuum: positioning himself, at one end of the continuum,as his young brother’s accomplice, and at the other as an adult, aserious guardian of food morality. This study shows that generational positionsare not fixed, but are positions adopted as parts of language socializationand interactional events.

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Cambridge University Press , 2011. Vol. 40, no 4, 405-426 p.
Keyword [en]
Generational positions, caretaker positions, social age, affective stances, alignments, negotiations, food morality, language socialization, family life, dinnertime
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Work Social Sciences Psychology
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Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41373DOI: 10.1017/S0047404511000455ISI: 000294982900001OAI: diva2:329887
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-07-14 Last updated: 2012-04-17Bibliographically approved

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