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Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Talk
Richard Fitzgerald1; Helena Austin2
Source PublicationThe Open Communication Journal

The notion of ‘guilt’ has been subject of examination through the methods of Membership Categorisation Analysis as a part of the work of formal institutions such as courts, police, and schools where the consequences of decisions made may have direct effects on the person being judged. However whilst this research has provided access to the process of ‘negotiating’ guilt in these highly ritualized and formal contexts the ascription, negotiation and resistance of guilt is not restricted to these institutions. Rather deciding someone’s ‘guilt’ or resisting such a categorisation can be seen as part of the routine everyday work of social life. In this paper we use the method of Membership Categorisation Analysis to examine two instances where “guilt” is a matter of local negotiation between parties and where the consequences are purely a matter for the participants at hand: a narrative therapy counseling session and a conversation between friends. In the first site the negotiation is around a participant ‘feeling guilty’ whilst in the second, guilt is attributed to absent third party. Through our analysis we highlight that the interactional work of ascribing and resisting ‘guilt’ is both a routine feature of social interaction and that this routine feature is organised through members’ methodical use of descriptions and accounts embedded in a common sense relationship between individual and categorial actions.

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Corresponding AuthorRichard Fitzgerald
Affiliation1.School of English Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland, St Lucia., Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
2.School of Educ. & Professional Studies (Gold Coast), Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, QLD 4222, Australia
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Richard Fitzgerald,Helena Austin. Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Talk[J]. The Open Communication Journal,2008,2:93-99.
APA Richard Fitzgerald,&Helena Austin.(2008).Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Talk.The Open Communication Journal,2,93-99.
MLA Richard Fitzgerald,et al."Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Talk".The Open Communication Journal 2(2008):93-99.
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