Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 April 2007

344 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195313888

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Family Talk

Discourse and Identity in Four American Families

Deborah Tannen, Shari Kendall, and Cynthia Gordon

This contributed volume will be one of the first to look truly in-depth at the face-to-face interactions within the American family. Working with the same data -- audio tape recordings made in four family homes over the course of several years -- the contributors focus on extending our knowledge of family discourse and identifying new ways in which family members create and enact their identities. Several broad themes emerge: the underlying dynamics of power and solidarity in the family and how they are reinforced through language; the negotiation of gendered roles in conjunction with family identities, especially in dual-income families; and the ways in which famlies actively confirm their beliefs and values when children are present. This ground-breaking volume will be of interest in linguistics, anthropology, and communications.


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