Discourse and Responsibility in Professional Settings

Discourse and Responsibility in Professional Settings


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Discourse and Responsibility in Professional Settings by Jan-Ola Ostman

This volume strengthens the case for analysing discourse from the point of view of discourse participants' accountability and responsibility. It adds an important and largely neglected strand to research in discourse studies and pragmatics by analysing the expression and attribution of responsibility, particularly in professional discourse. Debates on social and professional responsibility have proliferated in recent years both in the public sphere (e.g. in connection with corporate responsibility reports) and in more local practices (e.g. as manifested in the publication of in-house codes of conduct). However, there is little academic research on professional discourse which systematically addresses the ways in which responsibility relations are construed in language use. This volume contains a number of case studies focusing on different professional settings: media, health care and social work. The types of data examined range from globally available mass-consumed discourse (such as news agency dispatches) to local and essentially private face-to-face encounters (such as counselling sessions). The studies examine different linguistic features (such as reported speech in written texts and backchannelling in spoken encounters) and different types of meanings (such as agency and causality). The studies draw on different methodological approaches (mainly pragmatics, conversation analysis and (critical) discourse analysis). A common thread running through the contributions is that responsibility is not a stable quality of people or institutions, but a dynamic and variable resource that language users negotiate in interaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845539153
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: Studies in Communication in Organisations and Professions Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jan-Ola Ostman is Professor of Scandinavian Languages at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Anna Solin is a senior lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Table of Contents

I Discourse and responsibility 1. The Notion of Responsibility in Discourse Studies Anna Solin & Jan-Ola Ostman 2. Taking 'Responsibility': From Word to Discourse Robin Tolmach Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley 3. Owning Responsible Actions/selves: Role-relational Trajectories in Counselling for Childhood Genetic Testing Srikant Sarangi, Aalborg University II Constructing responsibility in health care and social work 4. Negotiating Parental/familial Responsibility in Genetic Counselling Gil Thomassen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Srikant Sarangi & John-Arne Skolbekken, Norwegian University of Science and Technology 5. Whose Business is it Anyway? Distributing Responsibilities between Family Members and Formal Carers Outi Jolanki, University of Jyvaskyla 6. "Getting Placed" in Time: Responsibility Talk in Caseworker-Client Interaction Maureen T. Matarese, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York 7. Reflexivity in the Institution, and how it Entangles with Research Chris Bulcaen, Ghent University III Responsibility relations in the media 8. Political Interviews and Responsibility: A Case Study of its Interactional Organization Anita Fetzer, University of Augsburg 9. Roles, Dramaturgy and Responsibility in Swedish TV-Debates Christian Svensson Limsjo, Linkoping University 10. Responsibility and the Conventions of Attribution in News Agency Discourse Maija Stenvall, University of Helsinki 11. Who has the Power to Act in the World? Social Actors, Agency and Voice in a Catholic Newspaper Karin Tusting, Lancaster University 12. Construing Professional Norms in Journalism: Responsibility and Risk Reporting Anna Solin

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