Schoolyard suspect: Blame management among children and teachers

Morality in Practice - Exploring Childhood, Parenthood and Schooling in Everyday Life - Jakob Cromdal

Ann-Carita Evaldsson [+-]
Uppsala University
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My areas of research specialization comprise the broader field of children's identitywork, language practices and socialization as socially situated and locally constituted phenomena. I have carried out ethnographic research with preadolescent girls and boys focusing on peer group interactions and adult-child encounters across educational settings (school, preschool, leisure-time program). My research can be organized in three interrelated subfields: 1a) From a peer language socialization approach, examining play and games, and children's interactional practices (i.e. disputes, gossip, story telling, insults, accounts, bullying) and 1b) children's identity-work in their social and cultural contexts, in particular multiethnic peer groups 2) Pedagogical discourse, moral ordering and language ideologies as an integral part of children's peer culture and adult-child interaction 3) Methodological issues: studies of talk-in-interaction, combining ethnography with conversation analysis and ethnomethodological concerns for membership categorizations


Issues of morality and children have traditionally been investigated within the realm of developmental psychology, treating the human ability to adopt certain values as a matter of individual and cognitive growth. As an alternative, this book approaches the morality of young persons from a practice oriented perspective. In essence, such an approach adopts a view of morality as something participants jointly accomplish in going about their everyday social affairs. That is to say, rather than relying on developmental theory or moral philosophy in exploring the moral worlds of young persons, a practice oriented approach adopts a primarily empirical stance, leaning on qualitative analysis of naturally occurring social interaction as found in, for example, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and discursive psychology. This collection brings together scholars from Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. Twelve empirical chapters focus on different aspects of everyday morality as practiced among children and youth as well as a range of participants who act in their role as adults, lay or professional, to foster, educate and in various ways support young people in daily life. The volume opens with an introductory chapter by the editors, who briefly present a practice based perspective on morality, situating at the same time the individual chapters within the fields of discursive research on children and youth in society.

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Evaldsson, Ann-Carita. Schoolyard suspect: Blame management among children and teachers. Morality in Practice - Exploring Childhood, Parenthood and Schooling in Everyday Life. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2022. ISBN 9781845539306. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25149. Nov 2022

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