Kent, A (2012) Compliance, resistance and incipient compliance when responding to directives. Discourse Studies, 14 (6). 711 -730. ISSN 1461-4456

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How does a parent get a child to do something? And, indeed, how might the child avoid complying or seem to comply without actually having done so? This article uses conversation analysis to identify the interactionally preferred and dispreferred response to directives (compliance and resistance respectively). It then focuses on one alternative response option that has both verbal and embodied elements. The first part involves an embodied display of incipient compliance. That is, actions that are preparatory steps towards compliance and signal that it may be forthcoming, but which do not in themselves constitute compliance. Incipient compliance creates sequential space for a verbal turn that reformulates the ongoing action as autonomous, self-motivated behaviour on the recipient’s part, rather than subject to the will of the directive speaker. This enables the recipient to maintain autonomy over their own conduct without provoking the conflict or repeat directives associated with outright resistance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors, Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authority, children, compliance, conversation analysis, deontic rights, directives, family mealtimes, power, resistance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 13:23

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