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Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

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Volume 34, Issue 4


Interactional formats and institutional context: a practical and exploitable distinction in interviews

Jessica S. Robles / Evelyn Y. Ho
Published Online: 2014-06-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2014-0011


This paper applies practically oriented discourse analysis to focus group interviews using conversation analytic principles to show how interactional qualities demonstrably different to analysts are also treated as such by participants. We take a grounded practical theory perspective to claim that the empirical and practical distinction is an exploitable resource for participants, with important implications for the goals of research interviewing, interviewee participation in focus groups, and analyses thereof. We identify participant techniques for doing and attending to conversational and institutional interaction formats, including turn-taking organization, embodied acts, addressivity, and emotion displays, and how those techniques allow participants to co-construct emergent stances alongside answering questions.

Keywords: research interviews; focus groups; discourse analysis; grounded practical theory; institutional discourse; alternative medicine

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Jessica S. Robles

Jessica S. Robles (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder) is a Lecturer at the University of Washington. Her research looks at the moral implications of discursive and embodied communicative practices in various institutional, interpersonal, and cultural contexts. Address for correspondence: Department of Communication, University of Washington, Box 353740, Seattle, WA 98195, USA 〈roblesj@uw.edu〉.

Evelyn Y. Ho

Evelyn Y. Ho (PhD, University of Iowa) is Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco. Her research examines the intersections of culture, health, and communication and is focused on the use of holistic therapies in the United States. Address for correspondence: College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA 〈eyho@usfca.edu〉.

Published Online: 2014-06-27

Published in Print: 2014-07-01

Citation Information: Text & Talk, Volume 34, Issue 4, Pages 443–465, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2014-0011.

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