Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families / Edition 1 by Deborah Tannen, Shari Kendall, Cynthia Gordon | | 9780195313895 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families / Edition 1

Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families / Edition 1

by Deborah Tannen, Shari Kendall, Cynthia Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195313895

ISBN-13: 9780195313895

Pub. Date: 04/12/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Through everyday talk, individuals forge the ties that can make a family. Family members use language to manage a household, create and maintain relationships, and negotiate and reinforce values and beliefs. The studies gathered in Family Talk are based on a unique research project in which four dual-income American families recorded everything they said for a week.

Overview

Through everyday talk, individuals forge the ties that can make a family. Family members use language to manage a household, create and maintain relationships, and negotiate and reinforce values and beliefs. The studies gathered in Family Talk are based on a unique research project in which four dual-income American families recorded everything they said for a week. Family Talk extends our understanding of family discourse and of how family members construct, negotiate, and enact their identities as individuals and as families. The volume also contributes to the discourse analysis of naturally occurring interaction and makes significant contributions to theories of framing in interaction.

Family Talk addresses issues central to the academic discipline of discourse analysis as well as to families themselves, including decision-making and conflict-talk, the development of gendered family roles, sociability with and socialization of children, the development of social and political beliefs, and the interconnectedness of professional and family life. It provides illuminating insights into the subtleties of family conversation, and will be of interest to scholars and students in sociolinguistics, discourse studies, communications, anthropological linguistics, cultural studies, psychology, and other fields concerned with the language of everyday interaction or family interaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195313895
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,257,833
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


About the Contributors     ix
Transcription Conventions     xiii
Introduction: Family Talk   Shari Kendall     3
Interactional Dynamics: Power and Solidarity
Power Maneuvers and Connection Maneuvers in Family Interaction   Deborah Tannen     27
Talking the Dog: Framing Pets as Interactional Resources in Family Discourse   Deborah Tannen     49
"I just feel horribly embarrassed when she does that": Constituting a Mother's Identity   Cynthia Gordon     71
Finding the Right Balance between Connection and Control: A Father's Identity Construction in Conversations with His College-Age Daughter   Diana Marinova     103
Gendered Identities In Dual-Income Families
Father as Breadwinner, Mother as Worker: Gendered Positions in Feminist and Traditional Discourses of Work and Family   Shari Kendall     123
Gatekeeping in the Family: How Family Members Position One Another as Decision Makers   Alexandra Johnston     165
A Working Father: One Man's Talk about Parenting at Work   Cynthia Gordon   Deborah Tannen   Aliza Sacknovitz     195
Family Values and Beliefs
"Al Gore's our guy": Linguistically Constructing a Family Political Identity   Cynthia Gordon     233
Sharing Common Ground; The Role of Place Reference in Parent-ChildConversation   Philip LeVine     263
Family Members Interacting While Watching TV   Alia V. Tovares     283
Index     311

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