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Adolescent socialization : some problems of incumbency Cleaves, Deanna Pauline


The following thesis takes as its data transcripts that were made from tape-recordings of several group therapy sessions between a therapist and five "problem" students. Portions of the transcripts are analysed with reference to the properties of specific units of speech, such as the properties of lists or the properties of categories, with a major emphasis on examining the social and organizational features that surround the interaction, and upon which the utterances are built, in an effort to discover the facilities that persons have available to them for making sense out of those utterances. An attempt is made to show that (a) by reference to such units of speech, conversations between adolescents can be made intelligible and that (b) an analysis of such things is capable of explaining the interactional resources that adolescents must rely on when speaking with one another and with adults, without the use of classical childhood socialization notions. The major issues given special attention are (1) occupational subclasses and the importance that they have with respect to the socialization process and, (2) the incumbency problems that adolescents have as a result of adult socialization notions.

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