ERIC Number: ED411099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Learning the Rules: The Anatomy of Children's Relationships.
Bigelow, Brian J.; Tesson, Geoffrey; Lewko, John H.
This book explores the process and characteristics of children's personal and social relationships. To determine what relationships mean to children and how children manage those relationships, a recursive interviewing technique was used with nearly a thousand children to detail children's social rules. Those rules cover a range of social issues, from compliance and autonomy, to self-assertiveness and conflict management, to mutual activities and the governance of obligation, intimacy, and trust. In interpreting children's verbalized social rules with parents, siblings, peers, and teachers, this book provides a contextually informed framework from which to explore such issues as the impact of parental authority on child compliance, sibling rivalry, and close friendships. The chapters of the book are: (1) "Social Competency and Friendships in Middle Childhood: 'Lord of the Flies' Revisited"; (2) "Social Rules and the Implicate Order: Toward a Sociology of Childhood"; (3) "Phenomenology and Relationships: The Birth of Social Rules"; (4) "The Rules and with Whom They Are Used: Compliance and Autonomy"; (5) "The Rules and with Whom They Are Used: Self-Control and Conflict Management"; (6) "The Rules and with Whom They Are Used: Mutual Activities and Obligation"; (7) "Social Competency and the Sorcerer's Apprentice: The Importance of Parents"; (8) "Siblings: The Relationship You Don't Have To Earn To Keep"; (9) "Social Rule Rationales: The Child as a Relationship Philosopher"; and (10) "Concluding Remarks." Appendices describe: (1) extracting social rules from interviewing"; (2) the recursive interview protocol; and (3) data analyses. Contains 342 references. (LPP)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Psychology, Childhood Attitudes, Compliance (Psychology), Conflict Resolution, Friendship, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Self Control, Sibling Relationship, Social Behavior, Social Cognition, Social Development, Teacher Student Relationship
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