Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life

Shirley Brice Heath
Published by Cambridge University Press


This publication tells the long-awaited story of what has happened to the families that readers met back in 1983 in Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms. This new book gives a close-up picture of how families from “Roadville” and “Trackton” spent their time through the 1980s, 1990s, and the first decade of the 21st century. Through multi-site ethnographic methods, Heath tracked the patterns of talking, interacting at home, managing new technologies, and altering ways of using time and space as the families faced the roller-coaster economic changes that followed the double-dip recession of the 1980s. 2012

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