Prof Karin Aronsson
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Further organisations:
Section for Child and Youth Studies


Karin Aronsson is a senior professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Stockholm University (2008 - -). Before that, she was one of the founding professors of the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University (1988– 2008). Much of her work concerns social interaction in institutional contexts, such as medical, legal and educational settings, with a focus on detailed analyses of multiparty participation.

Many of Aronsson’s studies concern social choreography and detailed analyses of everyday conversations and the dynamics of multiparty interaction, including language socialization practices in peer groups, family life encounters, and institutional arenas such as classrooms, clinical interviews and courtroom settings. One of Aronsson's research interests concerns ways of rethinking development.  Some recent publications concern generational positionings and work on language socialization phenomena as well as multilingual phenomena. The work of multilingualism concerns classroom corrections and stylizations, as well as code-switching in peer play contexts.

Karin Aronsson has tutored 32 doctoral theses, and she is on the editorial board of several journals:  Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and Text & Talk.

Another recent research interest concerns children’s and young people’s informal learning and aesthetic practices (e.g. Sparrman & Aronsson, 2003), including computer gaming and other ICT practices (Aronsson, 2009a; Aarsand & Aronsson, 2009a; 2009b).

Ongoing projects

- Witness testimonies in child custody disputes (financed by Forte, 2010; 2014- -; collaborators Anna Gradin Franzén, Henrik Ingrids & Björn Sjöblom) Aronsson's most recent project concerns witness testimonies in child custody disputes, with a focus on narration and co-narration in a legal context 

- Everyday lives of working families: Italy, Sweden, and the United States (financed by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 2003 - 2009; collaborators Pål Aarsand, Asta Cekaite, Lucas Gottzén) Some of Aronsson's work draws on video ethnographies of everyday life routines and negotiations in family life (an international collaboration with Elinor Ochs at UCLA and Clotilde Pontecorvo, Rome, and their research associates: Marjorie Goodwin, Tami Kremer-Sadlik, Alessandra Fasulo, Marilena Fatigante, Francesco Arcidiacano and others; funded by Alfred P. Sloan foundation). Multimodal practices and visual culture form important aspects of these analyses. Some of this work concerns requests in family life,

- Computer gaming, aesthetic practices and informal learning (collaborators: Pål Aarsand, Polly Björk-Willén & Björn Sjöblom; financed by the Swedish Research Council, Committee of Educational Science UVK, 2008-2010) as well as action aesthetics in computer gaming in everyday life contexts.

Selection of recent publications

Aronsson, K. (2014 / in press). Narrative, sociology of. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition.

Aronsson, K., & Osvaldsson, K. (2014). Distrust and the co-construction of blame narratives: Value leakage and the contestation of character assessments. In P. Linell & I. Marková (Eds.) Dialogical approaches to trust in communication. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Björk-Willén, P., & Aronsson, K. (2014 / in press). Preschoolers’ animation of computer games. Mind, Culture & Activity,

Cekaite, A., & Aronsson, K. (2014). Language play, peer group improvisations, and L2 learning. In. A. Cekaite, S. Blum-Kulka, V. Grøver & E. Teubal (Eds.), Children’s peer talk. (pp. 194-213). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Ingrids, H., & Aronsson, K. (2014). Reported speech and reported affect in child custody disputes. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47, 69-88.

Gradin Franzén, A. & Aronsson, K. (2013). Teasing, laughing and disciplinary humor:  Staff-youth interaction in detention home treatment. Discourse Studies, 15 (2), 167-183.

Aronsson, K. (2012). Socialization through verbal play. In A. Duranti, E. Ochs & B. Schieffelin (Eds.), The Handbook of language socialization. (pp.464-483). Malden: Wiley-Blackwells.

Aronsson, K. (2012). Family life politics and everyday negotiations about time. In M. Hedegaard, K. Aronsson, C. Højholt & O. Skjær Ulvik  (Eds.). Children, childhood and everyday life. (pp. 75 -90). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Rindstedt, C., & Aronsson, K. (2012). Children’s intent participation in a pediatric community of practice. Mind, Culture & Activity, 19 (4), 325-341.

Sjöblom, B. & Aronsson, K. (2012). Participant categorizations of gaming competence: Noob and imba as learner identities. In O. Erstad & J. Sefton-Green (Eds.), Identity, community and learning lives in the digital age. (pp.181-197) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sjöblom, B.,& Aronsson, K, (2012). Disputes, stakes and game involvement: facing death in computer gaming. In S. Danby & M. Theobald (Eds.). Disputes in everyday life: Social and moral orders of children and young people. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 15.(pp.377-405). Cambridge, Ma.Emerald Books.

Aronsson, K., & Cekaite, A. (2011). Activity contracts and directives in everyday family politics.  Discourse & Society, 22 (2), 137-154

Aronsson, K., & Gottzén, L. (2011). Generational positions at family dinner: Food morality and social order. Language in Society, 40, 1-22

Ortiz de Gortare, A., Aronsson, K., & Griffiths, M. D. (2011). Game transfer phenomena in video game playing: A qualitative interview study. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL), 1 (3), 15-33.

Aronsson, K., & Rindstedt, C (2011). Alignments and facework in paediatric visits: Toward a social choreography of multiparty talk. In C. N. Candlin & S. Sarangi (Eds.). Communication in professions and organizations: Handbook of applied linguistics 3. (pp. 121-142). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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Contracts (3)
Computer gaming as an aesthetic practice and informal learning
Period: 1/1/08 - 12/31/10
In his work on digital literacy and computer gaming among school age children, Gee (2003) has problematized children’s informal learning, discussing the many ways in which children devote time and involvement in gaming.. The present project is focussed on motivation as a social phenomenon. More ...
Testimonies in custody disputes: Negotiations about the child's best interest in court and family law.
Period: 1/1/11 - 12/31/13
This project concerns child custody disputes in lower court proceedings. The focus is particularly on how different actors get heard: like fathers, mothers, children, social workers, legal representatives, and other participants in the legal process.The Swedish law demands that the court should ...