On the interactional management of defeat

Emmison, Mike (1988) On the interactional management of defeat. Sociology, 22 2: 233-251. doi:10.1177/0038038588022002005

Author Emmison, Mike
Title On the interactional management of defeat
Journal name Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
Publication date 1988-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038588022002005
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 251
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Victories and defeats at sports events generate contrasting interactional consequences for the respective parties, and accordingly are accounted for in different ways. This paper is an examination of the strategies employed by defeated players together with commentators and audiences to successfully manage the status of loser at the subsequent ceremonial presentation, interview or press conference. There are a number of constraints which are operative during the delivery of and response to commiserations, and a variety of strategies for accounting for a defeat are discussed. In general defeat talk is organised in such a way as to reaffirm the particular logic of the sporting order, a belief that effort, dedication and determination will eventually be rewarded.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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