1st Edition

Socialization: Parent-Child Interaction in Everyday Life

By Sara Keel Copyright 2016
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    Adopting a conversation analytic approach informed by ethnomethodology, this book examines the process of socialization as it takes place within everyday parent–child interactions. Based on a large audio-visual corpus featuring footage of families filmed extensively in their homes, the author focuses on the initiation of interactive assessment sequences on the part of young children with their parents and the manner in which, by means of embodied resources, such as talk, gaze, and gesture, they acquire communicative skills and a sense of themselves as effective social actors.

    With attention to the responses of parents and their understanding of their children's participation in exchanges, and the implications of these for children's communication this book sheds new light on the ways in which parents and children achieve shared understanding, how they deal with matters of 'alignment' or 'disalignment' and issues related to their respective membership categories.

    As a rigorous and detailed study of children's early socialization as well as the structural and embodied organization of communicative sequences, Socialization: Parent–Child Interaction in Everyday Life will appeal to scholars of sociology and child development with interests in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, early years socialization and the sociology of family life.


    1.The study of socialization: historical context and respecification by ethnomethodology and conversation analysis

    2. Data/collection/transcription

    3. Young children’s repetitions of initial assessments and their orientation toward conditional relevance

    4. Parents’ agreements with children’s initial assessments: what about the preference for agreement in everyday family life?

    5. Parents’ disagreements with children’s initial assessments - what about the dispreference for disagreement in everyday family life?

    6. Concluding comments





    Sara Keel is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

    "All those interested in children's early conversational abilities and competencies will immediately recognize the significance of this major contribution to the field. Not only does Sara Keel explicate the particularly subtle strategies children begin to display, she also sets her findings within a timely overview and analysis of the existent conversation analytic work on early socialisation."—Michael Forrester, University of Kent, UK

    "In this book, Sara Keel illuminates the interactional competencies of two-year-old children. The detailed analysis shows - in pursuing parent responses to their assessments - young children are attuned to the negotiation of roles, the indexicality of rights and responsibilities, and the contiguity of social practices. A terrific read, not only for scholars in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, but for students, practitioners and researchers of early childhood seeking to understand how socialization is achieved in everyday interactions."— Amelia Church, University of Melbourne, Australia

    "For anyone interested in the detailed study of parent-child interaction, and how socialization might be approached using the unique tools of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, this book has much to offer. It provides an enlightening overview of scholarly thinking on socialization, and grounds the concept in the concrete particulars of children's everyday interactions."— Mardi Kidwell, University of New Hampshire, USA

    "This book breaks new ground in the examination of young children's embodied interactive, cognitive, and linguistic competences. Its careful analysis demonstrates how children aged 2-3 years act as agents to orchestrate and negotiate co-operative engagement with parents during interaction within assessment activities."— Marjorie Harness Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    "This is the best book on child-parent interaction I have ever