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ERIC Number: EJ805100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
"You Can Do Nasty Things to Your Brothers and Sisters without a Reason": Siblings' Backstage Behaviour
Punch, Samantha
Children & Society, v22 n5 p333-344 Sep 2008
This article contributes to the recent, but still limited, literature on the sociology of sibship. It argues that during childhood the ambivalent love/hate nature of sibship is played out through the sharing of knowledge, time and space. It draws on the work of Goffman to illustrate that children's sibling interactions tend to consist of backstage, rather than frontstage, performances. The article is based on children's own perspectives from a sample of 90 children aged 5-17 drawn from 30 families of mixed socioeconomic backgrounds in central Scotland.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)