Karin Aronsson Foto: Clément Morin

Karin Aronsson


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 432
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me


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).

Research 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.

Last updated: June 13, 2019

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