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 D (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), 725-742.

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Abstract

The current research undertakes a combined CA/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 categorization 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 data-driven distinction of ‘lay’ and ‘elite’ callers. The empowering versus disempowering consequences of sequential turn allocation and identity categorization 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. Firstly, we highlight the benefit that a combined CA/MCA approach, which foregrounds powerplay, offers to analysis of talk-in-interaction. Following which, 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.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1177/0957926513503270
Depositing User: Laura Kilby
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 15:33
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2015 22:12
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7522

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