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ERIC Number: ED183322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Preparing to Leave: Interaction at a Mexican-American Family Gathering.
Garcia, Maryellen
The study analyzes communicative interaction in an informal social setting, investigating how the social task of leave-taking organizes the interaction into a cohesive discourse. Data is taken from the last five minutes of a half-hour tape recording made during a Mexican-American family's Christmas gathering, when one group of guests prepares for leave-taking. The structure of this interaction is representable in four overlapping levels: initiation of leave-taking, leave-taking preparation, final joking interaction, and final leave-taking. The Mexican ethnicity of the group becomes evident in the themes which underlie the discourse and in the situational characteristics of the scene. The closeness and importance of the family, the male as the more important of the sexes, and the simultaneous interchanges and free emotional expressions are interactional norms for family social events in Hispanic communities. The investigation of ethnicity in the context of social, communicative interaction can contribute to providing empirical evidence for questions of Hispanic identity, culture, and ethnicity, important to the characterization of the group as a distinct, cultural entity in the United States. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Latino Discourse Behavior (Princeton, NJ, April, 1978)