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ERIC Number: EJ977238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 211
ISSN: ISSN-0037-976X
How Socialization Happens on the Ground: Narrative Practices as Alternate Socializing Pathways in Taiwanese and European-American Families
Miller, Peggy J.; Fung, Heidi; Lin, Shumin; Chen, Eva Chian-Hui; Boldt, Benjamin R.
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, v77 n1 p1-140 Mar 2012
This monograph builds upon our cumulative efforts to investigate personal storytelling as a medium of socialization in two disparate cultural worlds. Drawing upon interdisciplinary fields of study that take a discourse-centered approach to socialization, we combined ethnography, longitudinal home observations, and microlevel analysis of everyday talk to study this problem in Taiwanese families in Taipei and European-American families in Longwood, Chicago. Comparative analyses of 192 hours of video-recorded observations revealed that conversational stories of young children's past experiences occurred in both sites at remarkably similar rates and continued apace across the age span (2,6, 3,0, 3,6, and 4,0), yielding nearly 900 narrations. These and other similarities coexisted with differences in culturally salient interpretive frameworks and participant roles, forming distinct socializing pathways. The Taipei families enacted a didactic framework, prolifically and elaborately narrating and correcting children's misdeeds. They privileged the bystander and listener roles for child participants, whereas the Longwood families privileged the co-narrator role. The Longwood families repeatedly enacted a child-affirming interpretive framework, erasing or downplaying children's misdeeds, accentuating their strengths, accepting their preferences, and lightening stories with humor. Over time, the Taipei and Longwood children participated more actively and developed holistic but divergent senses of problem, reflecting the distinct socializing pathways that they navigated day by day. These findings open a window on how socialization operates on the ground: Socialization through personal storytelling is a highly dynamic process in which redundancy and variation are conjoined and children participate as active, creative, affectively engaged meaning makers. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Taiwan (Taipei)