Everyday Antiracism in Action: Preference Organization in Responses to Racism

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dc.contributor.author Whitehead, Kevin A.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-18T17:00:54Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-18T17:00:54Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Whitehead, K. A. (2015). Everyday antiracism in action: Preference organization in responses to racism. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X15586433. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1552-6526
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/17795
dc.description.abstract This paper examines features of preference organization in disaffiliative responses to possibly racist actions, drawing on a corpus of over 120 hours of recorded interactions from South African radio call-in shows. My analysis demonstrates how features of dispreferred turn shapes provide producers of possibly racist actions with opportunities to withdraw or back down from them. In cases where these opportunities are not taken up, subsequent responses may progressively include more features of preferred turn shapes. Responses may also include features of preferred turn shapes from the outset, thereby treating the prior actions as unequivocally racist. Responses that treat prior actions as such, however, also recurrently exhibit features of dispreference, thereby displaying speakers’ orientations to “cross-cutting preferences” in responding to racism, with disaffiliative responses being “dispreferred” actions in some senses but “preferred” actions in others. I conclude by discussing the implications of these findings for everyday antiracism in interactional settings. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Sage en_ZA
dc.subject Racism, antiracism, interaction, conversation analysis, preference organization en_ZA
dc.title Everyday Antiracism in Action: Preference Organization in Responses to Racism en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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