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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: 'Barter', 'deals', 'bribes' and 'threats': Exploring Sibling Interactions
Author(s): McIntosh, Ian
Punch, Samantha
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Keywords: siblings
birth order
strategic interaction
Brothers and sisters
Sibling rivalry
Birth order
Interpersonal realtions
Issue Date: Feb-2009
Date Deposited: 10-Jul-2009
Citation: McIntosh I & Punch S (2009) 'Barter', 'deals', 'bribes' and 'threats': Exploring Sibling Interactions. Childhood, 16 (1), pp. 49-65.
Abstract: This paper investigates forms of strategic interaction between siblings during childhood. We argue that these interactions, characterised by notions of reciprocity, equivalence and constructions of fairness, are worked out in relation to responsibility, power, knowledge and sibling status. Birth order and age are not experienced as fixed hierarchies as they can be subverted, contested, resisted and negotiated. To explore these issues, in-depth individual and group interviews were conducted with a sample of 90 children between the ages of 5 and 17, drawn from 30 families of mixed socio-economic backgrounds in central Scotland with three siblings within this age range.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0907568208101690
Rights: Published in Childhood. Copyright: SAGE Publications / Norwegian Centre for Child Research.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Childhood, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2009, © SAGE Publications, Inc. / Norwegian Centre for Child Research, 2009 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Childhood page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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