The Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication presents a talk by Simon Stewart

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Type Symposium
Categories (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2020/11/19 - 2020/11/19
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Tweet CASLC presents Simon Stewart. Join an open presentation on 19th Nov 2020 to hear about Discordance and Activity Contamination. From 2.30pm-4pm (UK) via Zoom. To receive joining instructions, please contact #EMCA #emca #PhDChat
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The Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication presents a talk by Simon Stewart:


Date: Thursday 19th November 2020 Time: 2.30pm-4.00pm (UK time) Place: Zoom. To receive joining instructions, please contact Merran can also add you to the CASLC-guests mailing list should you wish to receive information about our future events. Abstract The presented research examines the sequential organisation of treatment-related preferences expressed by patients and their co-present romantic partners during clinical consultations for people with low or intermediate risk localised prostate cancer. A conversation analysis of 28 diagnostic and treatment consultations was carried out with data collected from four clinical sites across England. When healthcare professionals challenged, rejected, or dismissed expressions of preference, it caused a sequential pattern of discordance and activity contamination, pivoting the interaction toward an adversarial configuration. This pivot led to patients and partners silencing themselves. Two deviant cases were identified that did not contain this structural pivot. These findings highlight the immediate consequences of expressions of preference being resisted, rejected, and dismissed in a context that should be sensitive to such expressions. The adversarial configuration of these moments contaminated the interactions during a time where cooperation is desirable. The deviant case analysis offers an alternative to the salient pattern observed across the collection. Biography Simon is a final-year PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton whose primary research relates to communication during clinical encounters for people with localised prostate cancer who attend with their spouse or romantic partner. Simon graduated with a first-class BSc in Psychology from the Open University before attending the University of Southampton to carry out an ESRC funded 1+3 PhD programme.