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EXTRA CREDIT TODAY: Narrative Reverberations: How Socialization Happens on the Ground   Peggy J. Miller ¡ Department of Communication ¡ University of Illinois Urbana Champaign ¡  Friday, February 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 242 Bevier Hall ¡   ¡  Starting from a model of socialization that places discursive practices front and  center, this paper offers insights into the nature of the socialization process as it  unfolds in the early years of life.  The particular discursive practice in question is  personal storytelling, an oral narrative genre in which narrators invoke a past  experience from their own lives.  In this talk, I draw upon a comparative study of  personal storytelling in Taipei, Taiwan and Chicago, USA. The study was  ethnographic and longitudinal; young children and their families were observed at  home, and naturally-occurring stories of the child’s past experiences were recorded.  We found that personal storytelling, involving the child as protagonist, occurred at  remarkably similar rates in both sites and continued apace at 2,6, 3,0, 3,6, and 4,0  years.  This similarity co-existed with cultural differences in interpretive frameworks,  participant roles, and meaning-making trajectories. Over time the Taiwanese and 
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course ANTH 270 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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