An exploratory study of the everyday lives of Italian families : Household activities and children’s responsibilities
- Cahiers de psychologie et éducation. - 2008, no. 43, p. 43-56
The purpose of this study is to explore how family members construct, reproduce and socialize perspectives on family roles and participation in domestic work through their mutual negotiation. We analyse qualitatively the everyday interactions of eight Italian families, with a particular attention to the household tasks. Starting from the hypothesis that these activities are an opportunity to study how family members discursively construct family roles in relation to the notion of responsibility, the analysis is referred to three dimensions of children's roles and responsibilities in the household setting. The data confirm the importance of the household work interactions in order to provide opportunities of apprenticeship at home, and of participation in the life system of the family.
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