In 2016 the UK held a divisive referendum on its membership of the European Union. In the aftermath, difference and division were rife in politics and in everyday life. This article explores how such difference and division play out in and through interaction through examining a citizen ‘picking a fight’ with a politician over how Brexit has been handled. Drawing on membership categorisation analysis we show how antagonism is interactionally accomplished. The analysis focuses on three categorial strategies which interlocutors use to achieve antagonism: establishing omnirelevant devices, categories and their predicates; explicitly challenging category membership; and partitioning a population. Beyond offering insights into moments of social life that are not easily captured, the findings contribute to an empirical conceptualisation of antagonism and illustrate how membership categorisation analysis can shed light on its interactional achievement.
|Number of pages||26|
|Early online date||14 Apr 2022|
|Publication status||Published online - 14 Apr 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We are grateful to the Conversation Analysis Reading & Data Sessions group (CARDS) at Ulster University and the Discourse & Rhetoric Group (DARG) at Loughborough University for their observations and helpful feedback on earlier pieces of analysis. We thank the editor and anonymous reviewers for their detailed and constructive feedback. We would also like to thank William Housley for doublechecking our Welsh translation. Diolch!
© International Pragmatics Association.
- membership categorisation analysis
- social interaction
- political discourse
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Picking fights with politicians dataset
Joyce, J. (Creator) & Walz, L. (Creator), Ulster University, 18 Oct 2021