Antaki2004a

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Antaki2004a
BibType INCOLLECTION
Key Antaki2004a
Author(s) Charles Antaki
Title The uses of absurdity
Editor(s) Harry van den Berg, Margaret Wetherell, Hanneke Houtkoop-Steenstra
Tag(s) EMCA
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Year 2004
Language
City Cambridge
Month
Journal
Volume
Number
Pages 85–102
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DOI 10.1017/CBO9780511489792.007
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Edition
Series
Howpublished
Book title Analyzing Race Talk: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Interview Discourse
Chapter 5

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Abstract

This chapter is about how interviewees go about using absurdity in their expressions of their own views and their descriptions of others'. Expressing one's own views absurdly gets them registered, yet protected against the potential accusation that one “really meant it.” It is a way of doing what the discursive psychologists Edwards and Potter call “attending to stake and interest” (Edwards and Potter 1992). Absurdity can also feature in descriptions of others' views. That is a riskier proposition, but it can be done if you cloak it in a certain kind of concessionary form (the “show concession,)” Antaki and Wetherell 1999). If you do, the absurdity damages the opposition's case while seeming fairmindedly to yield something to it.

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