Children’s social interaction and social relations, emotions and embodiment

This research focuses on children’s social interactions and social relations, emotions and embodiment, and cultural socialisation processes in families, peer groups and educational settings. 

Some of the central research questions in this strand examine the role of emotions (crying, laughter, anger) in children’s learning and socialisation; how bodies and embodiment and, more specifically, touch, feature in children’s socialisation. Our research uses ethnographic methods and detailed video ethnography and interaction to explore social interactions in children’s peer groups as well as between caregivers, teachers and children. We are interested in learning about the temporal, sociocultural and material aspects of development, learning and socialisation.

An important research area is children’s bilingualism in families, in children’s peer groups and in educational settings.
We examine children’s peer-group social relations and peer socialisation in various cultural activities. We work together with international scholars (Japan, the USA, Finland) in collaborative explorations of the sociocultural and material features of learning and social interaction. Methodologically, we combine longitudinal videography and detailed studies of social interactions. In doing so, we are interested in both the micro and macro aspects of social and societal processes and children’s perspectives.

Research areas

  • Children’s bilingualism
  • Children’s peer-group interactions and social relations
  • Children’s emotions, empathy, sympathy and compassion
  • Morality
  • Touch in social interaction
  • Institutional interaction in adoption processes

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