Embodied Family Choreography: Practices of Control, Care, and Mundane Creativity

1st Edition

Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Asta Cekaite

Published April 5, 2018
Reference - 290 Pages - 236 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138633261 - CAT# Y322768
Series: Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

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Embodied Family Choreography documents the lived and embodied practices employed to establish, maintain, and negotiate intimate social relationships in the family, examining forms of control, care, and creativity. Making use of the extensive video archives of family interaction in the US and Sweden, it presents the first investigation of how touch and interaction between bodies, in conjunction with talk, constitute a primary means of orchestrating activities through directives, thus creating rich relationships through supportive interchanges, and engaging in playful explorations of the world. Through close investigation of the sequential and simultaneous engagement of bodies interacting with other bodies, this book makes visible the important role touch plays in the context of contemporary Western middle class family life and is pioneering in its analysis of how the visual, aural, and haptic senses (usually analysed separately) mutually elaborate one another. As such, Embodied Family Choreography will appeal to scholars of child development, the sociology of the family and ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.

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