'No, we're not playing families': Membership categorization in children's play

Butler, Carly and Weatherall, Ann (2006) 'No, we're not playing families': Membership categorization in children's play. Journal Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39 4: 441-470. doi:10.1207/s15327973rlsi3904_4

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Author Butler, Carly
Weatherall, Ann
Title 'No, we're not playing families': Membership categorization in children's play
Journal name Journal Research on Language and Social Interaction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7973
Publication date 2006-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15327973rlsi3904_4
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 441
End page 470
Total pages 30
Place of publication Philadelphia, U.S.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
1701 Psychology
20 Language, Communication and Culture
2004 Linguistics
Abstract In this article, we use Sacks's (1992) work on membership categorization in children's play and games as an analytic basis for examining the organization of play sequences between 6- and 7-year-old children. We collected and examined around 33 hr of audio-recorded interactions between children in the school playground. We discuss how the children used membership categorization devices and their associated rules and applications to organize social action in a range of play activities. Membership in a game was achieved through the mapping of children to the category-sets of players. The consistency rule and the notion of programmatic relevance were central operative features in the organization of the children's games. Mapping occurred recurrently in the children's play, for example, on initiating a new play sequence or when incorporating a newplayer into an established activity. The sequential and categorical organization of play involves the situated use of cultural resources to produce nuanced and creative versions of the world. In this article, we contribute to understandings of children's communicative competencies and the situated production of their cultural and social worlds in their talk in interaction.
Keyword Children's play
Cultural resources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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