Celf Specialization: Language and interaction
Dr. Kremer-Sadlik's research focuses on family life with an emphasis on socio-cultural ideologies and expectations that organize and give meaning to family relationships and everyday practices. Specifically, she examines the relationships between cultural models of family, work, childhood, parenting and morality and the everyday life and experiences of families and their individual members. Of particular interest is how cultural norms and preferences embedded in institutional policies and public discourses shape everyday practices of childrearing, time and resources allocation, participation in social activities, and family decision making. Furthermore, her research also examines the interactive co-construction and negotiation of self, identity, and social roles of children as they face cultural, institutional, social and personal demands and expectations. Kremer-Sadlik collaborates regularly with researchers at CELF's sister centers in Italy and Sweden. This comparative work explores family practices that are specific to each context and their relationship to broader cultural ideologies. Kremer-Sadlik's research draws on theories from multiple disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, psychology and philosophy and uses qualitative methods, such as ethnography and semi-structured interviews, supplemented by surveys and questionnaires.