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“Work It into Your Life Somehow:” Language Socialization and Politics in Dual-Earner, Los Angeles Families

Rachel George

UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families
Working Paper No. 91


Despite a wide range of studies on political socialization in education, sociology, political science, and developmental psychology, the subject of politics is largely absent in language socialization studies. The present study attempts to fill the gap through close analysis of two types of interactions in dual-earner, Los Angeles families: 1) parents’ and children’s discussions of political issues, principles, and events, and 2) parents’ talk about their families’ civic and political participation. By exploring families’ everyday engagement with politics and with their communities, the current inquiry forges connections between language socialization studies in anthropology and political socialization studies in other fields.

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