From lifeguard to bitch: how a story character becomes a promiscuous category in a couple's video call

Fitzgerald, Richard D. and Rintel, Sean (2013) From lifeguard to bitch: how a story character becomes a promiscuous category in a couple's video call. Australian Journal of Communication, 40 2: 101-118.

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Author Fitzgerald, Richard D.
Rintel, Sean
Title From lifeguard to bitch: how a story character becomes a promiscuous category in a couple's video call
Journal name Australian Journal of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0811-6202
2202-9222
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 118
Total pages 18
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher School of English, The University of Queensland
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines a single case of story telling between a couple in a long-distance relationship conducted via video calling. Drawing on Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA) we examine the way the teller incrementally reveals information about a character in order to build a story of coincidences. In doing this, however, the recipient begins to treat the evolving character as relevant to a different device, that of their relationship. Our discussion develops on the analysis of omnirelevance devices (Sacks, 1995) by examining how categories can be shifted between devices. In so doing, we highlight the way categories introduced for one task may be put to other uses; that is, how categories may become ‘promiscuous’.
Keyword Video conferencing
Membership categorisation analysis
Romantic relationships
Interpersonal communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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