Ambiguous Harmony: Family Talk and Culture in America

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The authors first indicate how one must understand the old recognition that apparently individual behavior within any family must be understood in terms of the "whole." They then investigate features of this whole, first as a local production and then in the historical context to which it is responsive and which it participates in producing, what is usually called "American culture." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

The Nature of Families

The Culture of Families: What We' Do

Making and Unmaking Families in America

Family, Culture and Communication

Observing Actual Families at Work

Making One's Family Life in America

Writing One Family's Life in America

FAMILY AND COMMUNICATION

A HALF HOUR OF FAMILY LIFE OR THE PRODUCTION OF THE FIRST "TEXTS"

The People and the Physical Setting

An Evening's Activities

Ways of Knowing

The Production of the Texts

The Production of the First Text

Transcribing

What to Include

What We Did

THE MAKING OF AN ANALYSIS

The Production of Analytic Texts

The Place of the Figures Within the Overall Text

Epilogue

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CONVERSATION: TALK AND TOPIC

He Said "..." AND THEN She Said "..."

The Identification of Topics

The Emergence of Conversational Content

The Closet and the Sink

The Culture of Analytic Statements

AMBIGUITIES IN THE ANALYSIS OF FAMILIAL COMMUNICATION: POWER AND STRUCTURE

Interaction: War and Cooperation

Power as Action in Society

Instances of Family Disagreements

Tokens of Aggravation

A Formal Cultural Analysis

A Formal Theoretical Analysis

Behavior and Structure

PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN AT TALK

Talking with Children

Coherence, Coherently

"Mom!": The Coherence of Calls for Attention. " ": The Coherence of Silence

A Familial Unison

The Gift: Grammatical and Interactional Musical Chairs

The Choice: Constructing the Child

Conversational Accomplishment in Families

THE CULTURING OF FAMILIAL LIFE

THE CULTURING OF ACTION

Social Fact and Cultural Pattern

Culture: Pattern and Identification

A FAMILY'S SOCIALORGANIZATION AND ITS "CULTURE"

The Organization of a Family's Conversation

Parental Gifts: Pencils and Conversational Turns

Simple and Elaborated Systematics for Turn-Taking

Rules for Analysis

Transitions

The Activities

The Actors

Temporal Organization

The Social Organization of the Actors

The Complex Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking Among the Harveys

THE CULTURAL INDENTIFICATION OF A FAMILY'S CULTURE

Culture and Identification

The Culturing of Family Talk: From History to Symbolic "Normalcy"

The Harveys in the United States

The Harveys in America: Culturing Culturings

"American Child Rearing Patterns" as Constructed

The Harveys in America

TALK AND REAL TALK: VOICES OF SILENCE AND VOICES OF POWER

The Present in the Future

Seven Texts

A Family at Work: Constructing the Present

Establishing the Past: What Happened?

(Re-)Constructing the Past: What "Really" Happened (?)

The Structure of Scholarly Discourse

The Concrete Logic of Intertextuality

The Construction of America

CONCLUSION: FAMILY, CULTURE, AND PRACTICE

From the Local to the Global and Back Again

The Expert: Cultural Conditions and Directed Activity

Sensitivity and Cultural Condition

The Responsibilities of Practice

Epilogue, References

Appendices

Author Index

Subject Index

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