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Child Language Socialization in Working Families

Amy Paugh

UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families
Working Paper No. 6


The relationship between work and family has become a topic of research and analysis in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, among others disciplines. This literature has focused on how working families manage or allocate time throughout the day and at different life stages, their goals and values, and the concerns and stresses families face. Much of this research relies on recall data, such as questionnaires, interviews, and reports of experiences and feelings some time after they occurred. Few studies have examined the daily lives of working families, particularly their actual social interactions at home. Children’s social worlds, an area still largely neglected in the social sciences as a whole, are even less focused upon. This paper examines several ways in which a language socialization perspective could contribute to our understandings of how children are socialized in working families. It analyzes two sets of video-recorded research data from the US and the Caribbean to illustrate how this approach can shed light on what children are learning about work and family during the course of everyday social interaction with their working parents.

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