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Activity contracts and directives in everyday family politics
Barn och ungdomsvetenskap, Stockholms universitet.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4580-3002
2011 (English)In: Discourse & Society, ISSN 0957-9265, E-ISSN 1460-3624, Vol. 22, no 2, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In theorizing on family life, childrens agency is a feature of a modern type of family, marked by free choice and inter-generational negotiations rather than parental authority. A video ethnography of Swedish everyday family life documents directive sequences and inter-generational negotiations, including what is here called activity contracts: agreements that form a type of inter-generational account work around target activities (e.g. cleaning ones room). Within local family politics, contracts and revised contracts emerge as parts of such account work. The analyses focus on how contracts emerge within successive downgradings and upgradings of parental directives. Activity contracts regulate mutual rights and obligations, invoking family rule statements and local moral order, drawing on an array of verbal and nonverbal resources, ranging from parents mitigated requests and childrens time bargaining to nonverbal escape strategies and gentle shepherding.

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Sage , 2011. Vol. 22, no 2, 1-18 p.
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agency, directives, language socialization, parent-child interactions, conversation analysis, moral order
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66061DOI: 10.1177/0957926510392124ISI: 000288243400002OAI: diva2:401292
Available from: 2011-03-02 Created: 2011-03-02 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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