Opening up terrorism talk: the sequential and categorical production of discursive power within the call openings of a talk radio broadcast

Kilby, Laura and Horowitz, Ava (2013) Opening up terrorism talk: the sequential and categorical production of discursive power within the call openings of a talk radio broadcast. Discourse and Society, 24 (6). pp. 725-742. ISSN 0957-9265

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Abstract

The current research undertakes a combined conversation analysis (CA)/membership categorisation analysis (MCA) approach to analyse the unfolding moral business of ‘talk radio’ discourse, and situates this analysis within a critical discourse studies framework. In a case study analysis of a talk radio broadcast on the topic of terrorism, the sequencing and membership categorisation work that is accomplished during the call openings of its contributors is examined.
Local manifestations of discursive power allied to the ‘host’ role are identified, along with the datadriven distinction of ‘lay’ and ‘elite’ callers. The empowering versus disempowering consequences of sequential turn allocation and identity categorisation are explored, leading to some reflections on security versus human rights advocacy within terrorism talk. The contribution of this research to two research enterprises is then outlined. First, we highlight the benefit that a combined CA/MCA approach, which foregrounds powerplay, offers to analysis of talk-in-interaction. Following
this, we underline how placing such a micro-level spotlight on the seemingly mundane details of talk in context can offer valuable insights for critical terrorism studies.

Additional Information:Published online before print October 21, 2013
Keywords:Conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, discourse, membership categorisation analysis, power, radio phone-in, semi-institutional discourse, talk radio, terrorism
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:11772
Deposited On:24 Oct 2013 18:29

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