Pino2018

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Pino2018
BibType ARTICLE
Key Pino2018
Author(s) Marco Pino
Title Invoking the Complainer’s Past Transgressions: A Practice for Undermining Complaints in Therapeutic Community Meetings
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Tag(s) EMCA
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Year 2018
Language English
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Journal Research on Language and Social Interaction
Volume 51
Number 2
Pages 194-211
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DOI 10.1080/08351813.2018.1449453
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Abstract

This article examines how a person who is the target of a complaint can undermine the moral entitlement of the complainer to issue that complaint. They do so by invoking the complainer’s own past transgressions. By pointing out an incongruence between the complainer’s current moral stance, as reflected in the complaint, and their status, as evidenced in their past conduct, speakers orient to an expectation of moral status/stance congruence as a basis for the validity of a complaint. My data consist of complaints and rebuttals collected from recorded group meetings within therapeutic communities for the treatment of people recovering from drug misuse. Data are in Italian with English translation.

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