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Negotiating pain: the joint construction of a child's bodily sensation

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posted on 03.06.2019, 10:13 by Laura JenkinsLaura Jenkins
Traditional theories of socialisation, in which the child was viewed as a passive subject of external influences, are increasingly being rejected in favour of a new sociology of childhood which frames the child as a social actor. This article demonstrates the way in which conversation analysis can reveal children’s agency in the micro-detail of naturally occurring episodes in which children express bodily sensations and pain in everyday life. Based on 71 video-recordings of mealtimes with five families, each with two children under 10 years old, the analysis focuses on the components of children’s expressions of bodily sensation (including pain), the character of parents’ responses and the nature of the subsequent talk. The findings provide further evidence that children are social actors, active in constructing, accepting and resisting the nature of their physical experience and pain. A conversation analysis of ordinary family talk facilitates a description of how a child’s agency is built, maintained or resisted through the interactional practices participants employ to display knowledge.

Funding

This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant no. ES/ F020864/1, 2007).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Sociology of Health & Illness

Volume

37

Issue

2

Pages

298 - 311

Citation

JENKINS, L., 2015. Negotiating pain: the joint construction of a child's bodily sensation. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(2), pp. 298 - 311.

Publisher

©2015 The Author. Sociology of Health & Illness©2015 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0141-9889

Language

en