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Enacting sabotage in siblings’ conflicts: Desired objects and deceptive bodies
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9932-0500
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4580-3002
Uppsala University, Sweden.
2021 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 137-153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study examines sibling’ conflict trajectories with a specific focus on acts of sabotage –deliberate obstruction or destruction of activities with an object. Multimodal interaction analysisis used to understand how siblings’ conflicts are organised through multiple (verbal and embodied)practices. We further draw on childhood studies that focuses on children’s material practices anduse the term enactment to better understand human-nonhuman relations. The study found thatchildren put considerable time and energy into configuring deceptive bodies that both organisedand disrupted their local moral orders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 137-153
Keywords [en]
Conflict, embodiment, objects, sabotage, siblings
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-171849DOI: 10.1177/0907568220965660ISI: 000598820100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85096988404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-171849DiVA, id: diva2:1508089
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 742-2013-7626
Note

Funding agencies:The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by The Swedish Research Council [742-2013-7626].

Available from: 2020-12-09 Created: 2020-12-09 Last updated: 2023-08-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring material things in family life: Morality and intimacy in sibling- and child-parent interaction
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring material things in family life: Morality and intimacy in sibling- and child-parent interaction
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Ett utforskande av materiella ting i familjelivet : Moral och intimitet i syskon- och barn-förälder interaktion
Abstract [en]

This study examines the everyday family life of 12 families across Sweden. The study aims to explore the ways in which material things figure in the enactment of everyday family life, that is, how family life is accomplished in interaction between children, parents and material things during everyday activities. The empirical material consists of 45 hours of video recordings of the families’ everyday lives and was produced mainly by the families themselves (40 hours) and the thesis author (five hours). The recordings contain the families’ interactions during everyday, routine activities, (e.g., mealtimes), including sibling interaction and conflicts. During these interactions, different aspects of everyday family life emerged as important to the participants, such as moral issues and practices of intimacy.

This thesis takes an explorative approach to the study of family life by weaving together Studies in Social Interaction, including multimodal interaction analysis, Child Studies and themes in Science and Technology Studies. The methodological approach illuminates, through micro-focused analysis, how material things and children figure in the enactment of family morality and practices of intimacy in sibling- and child-parent interaction.

The results show that serious negotiation and conflicts occurred continuously in siblingand child-parent interaction. In such negotiations and conflicts family morality was enacted which typically related to negotiating local family rules about in/appropriate behaviour with material things. Equally prevalent were family members’ engagements in practices of intimacy and care. Such practices were framed by affective, playful and joyful activities with each other and with material things, even when such activities went against the participants moral expectations of how the activities should be carried out. As such, this study demonstrates how material things are intertwined with, and are central in, the constitution of family morality and intimacy, in practice. This thesis contributes to discussions about how complexities of social phenomena can be explored and embraced through a focus on actors that have tended to fade into the background of research on family life, such as material things and children. 

Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingen undersöker 12 familjers vardagsliv i Sverige med syfte att studera hur familjeliv blir till och åstadkoms i interaktion mellan barn, deras föräldrar och materiella ting. Det empiriska materialet består av 45 timmar videoinspelningar av familjernas vardagsliv: 40 timmar av materialet består av familjemedlemmarnas egna inspelningar, och 5 timmar är inspelat av forskaren själv. Inspelningarna innehåller familjernas vardagsrutiner när de interagerar med varandra, till exempel måltider och syskoninteraktion och konflikter. Under sådana vardagsinteraktioner blev moraliska problem och intimitetspraktiker centrala för familjemedlemmarna.

Avhandlingen tar en explorativ ansats i studiet av familjernas vardag och väver samman Interaktionsstudier, inklusive multimodal interaktionsanalys, Barnstudier och teman från Teknik- och Vetenskapsstudier (STS). Den metodologiska ansatsen har synliggjort, genom detaljerad analys, hur materiella ting och barn är involverade i hur familjelivet, specifikt familjemoral och intimitet, blir till i syskon- och barn-förälder interaktion.

Resultaten visar att förhandlingar och konflikter var vanligt förekommande i syskon- och barn-förälder interaktion. Familjemoral blev således till i konflikter och förhandlingar som handlade om lokala familjeregler om o/lämpligt användande av materiella ting. Lika förekommande i familjernas vardagsliv var intimitets- och omsorgspraktiker. Sådana praktiker karaktäriserades av affektiva, lekfulla och lustfyllda aktiviteter mellan familjemedlemmarna och materiella ting, även när sådana aktiviteter gick emot deltagarnas moraliska förväntningar på hur aktiviteten bör gå till. På så sätt visar avhandlingen hur materiella ting är sammanflätade med, och är centrala i, hur familjemoral och intimitet blir till i praktiken. Avhandlingen bidrar till diskussionen om hur komplexitet i sociala praktiker kan omfamnas och undersökas genom att fokusera på aktörer som hamnat i bakgrunden i studiet av familjeliv, här specifikt barn och materiella ting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2023. p. 100
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 861
Keywords
Family, Children, Materiality, Interaction, Everyday life, Familj, Barn, Materialitet, Interaktion, Vardagsliv
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-197255 (URN)10.3384/9789180753029 (DOI)9789180753012 (ISBN)9789180753029 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-09-29, TEMCAS, Building T, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2023-08-30 Created: 2023-08-30 Last updated: 2023-08-30Bibliographically approved

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