Argumentative Strategies for Conflict Management and Resolution in Italian and Swiss Families

Arcidiacono, F., & Bova, A. (2011). Argumentative strategies for conflict management and resolution in Italian and Swiss families. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 30, 1385-1389. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.269

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Francesco Arcidiacono

University of Neuchatel

Antonio Bova

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This study aims to analyze how family members engage themselves in resolving differences of opinion during everyday interactions. In particular, we focus on the argumentative strategies used by parents during dinner conversations at home with their children. Within a data corpus based on video-recordings of family dinnertime interactions, two different excerpts of argumentative discussions among parents and children are presented and qualitatively analyzed. Our analytical approach includes the model of Critical Discussion as the general framework to investigate the family’s strategies for conflict management and resolution in different cultures. The results show two specific argumentative strategies adopted by parents with their children: the use of ironic comments, and the admonition of the parent's authority. Besides, differences in the argumentative style between Italian and Swiss families are highlighted.

Keywords: Family, argumentation, discursive interaction, critical discussion, parent-child conversation, case studies

Suggested Citation

Arcidiacono, Francesco and Bova, Antonio, Argumentative Strategies for Conflict Management and Resolution in Italian and Swiss Families (2011). Arcidiacono, F., & Bova, A. (2011). Argumentative strategies for conflict management and resolution in Italian and Swiss families. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 30, 1385-1389. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.269. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2413217

Francesco Arcidiacono

University of Neuchatel ( email )

1, A.-L. Breguet
Neuchatel, CH-2000
Switzerland

Antonio Bova (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

Largo Gemelli, 1
Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://docenti.unicatt.it/ita/antonio_bova/

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