Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood
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Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood

Edited by Anja R. Lahikainen, Tiina Mälkiä and Katja Repo

This is a first-class repository of new knowledge on how media and family routines intertwine in daily interactions. The multi-method approach reveals how varying forms of media affect the interaction between children and their parents. Avoiding criticism of these interactions, the contributors instead offer an impartial view of the natural occurrences in media-related family life.
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Chapter 7: Masculine and feminine aspects of interaction in the context of watching TV

Eero Suoninen


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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