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Japanese Family via Webcam: An Ethnographic Study of Cross-Spatial Interactions

  • Chiho Sunakawa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7258)

Abstract

This paper investigates an ethnographic understanding of family relationships across spaces and the management of discursive practices using a webcam. Through turn-by-turn analyses of video-recorded webcam-mediated conversations between Japanese families who live in the United States and their extended family members in Japan, I analyze how the reciprocal expectations of showing and watching each other’s spaces are woven into unfolding processes in webcam-mediated interactions. I specifically focus on the organizational features of a ‘show-and-narrate’ activity in which and through which aspects of everyday lives are introduced. I examine how show-and-narrate activities are discursively marked, how children’s interactional behaviors are structured, and how participants are socialized into this technologically mediated family space.

Keywords

Japan family ethnography video-mediated communication socialization multimodal interaction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiho Sunakawa
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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