Conditional Threats in Young Children's Peer Interaction

Amelia Church, Sally Hester

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Purpose – In this chapter, the use and organization of conditional threats are analysed in relation to preschool children’s disputes. Methodology – Using conversation analysis, naturally occurring examples of children’s threats observed in preschool classrooms demonstrate how conditional threats are placed, used and analysed by children in their talk-in-interaction. Findings – The function of threats – specifically in terms of the outcome of children’s disputes – cannot be classified by the content of the inducement. ‘You can’t come to my birthday party’, for example, is AU :1 commonly heard in young children’s discourse, but this threat is implicated in both the resolution and dissipation (abandonment) of dispute episodes. Accordingly, the meaning and analysability of threats is explored with respect to their relative value and their practical rationality. Research limitations – This small data set presents the opportunity for the phenomena of children’s threats to studied further in a larger collection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisputes in Everyday Life: Social and Moral Orders of Children and Young People
EditorsSusan Danby, Maryanne Theobald
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
Number of pages413
ISBN (Print)9781780528762
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSociological Studies of Childhood and Youth


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