Edited by Anja R. Lahikainen, Tiina Mälkiä and Katja Repo
Chapter 7: Masculine and feminine aspects of interaction in the context of watching TV
This chapter focuses on two very different modes of interaction between parents and children in the context of watching TV. In order to make sense of this gender-based difference, cases of father–son and mother–daughter interaction in which gender-related practices are most prevalent are analysed in detail. The methodological strategy is to interpret how interactional processes become constructed in and through the participants’ turns. This data-driven strategy applies the principles and techniques of discourse analysis, conversation analysis and multimodal discourse analysis. The analysis reveals a clear difference between two kinds of interactional modes, which may be called masculine and feminine, in which also the variation of dialogical rhythm and volume level differ radically. From the point of view of a child, it is important that both feminine and masculine interaction in the context of watching TV generate meaningful togetherness between parents and children.
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