Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order

Haugh, Michael (2013) Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order. Journal of Pragmatics, 58 53-72. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2013.07.003

Author Haugh, Michael
Title Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order
Journal name Journal of Pragmatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication date 2013-07-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2013.07.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 58
Start page 53
End page 72
Total pages 20
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Im/politeness is often conceptualised as the hearer's evaluation of a speaker's behaviour in discursive politeness research, representing the broader concern with the participant's perspective in current im/politeness research. Yet despite the importance afforded evaluations in such approaches, the notion of evaluation itself has remained, with just a few notable exceptions, remarkably under-theorised in pragmatics. In this paper it is proposed, building on work from discursive psychology and ethnomethodology, that im/politeness evaluations are intimately inter-related with the interactional achievement of social actions and pragmatic meanings vis-à-vis the moral order, and thus evaluations of im/politeness can be ultimately understood as a form of social practice. However, it is argued that an analysis of im/politeness as social practice necessitates a move away from a simplistic speaker–hearer model of interaction to a consideration of the broader participation framework (Goffman, 1981) within which they arise, and the positioning of the analysts vis-à-vis that participation order. A key finding from close analysis of evaluations of im/politeness in interaction relative to these participation footings is that they are distributed, variable and cumulative in nature.
Keyword Im/politeness
Moral order
Participation framework
Conversation analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Languages and Cultures Publications
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