|Title||Arguing within an institutional hierarchy: how argumentative talk and interlocutors’ embodied practices preserve a superior—subordinate relationship|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, argument, conflict, dispute, institutional hierarchy, superior—subordinate, talk and embodiment|
This article studies an argument that took place in an institutional setting and specifies six functions of talk and embodied practices employed in an argument between a superior and her subordinate. The article shows how certain argumentative conducts and their subsequent responses preserve the institutional hierarchical relationship. The article’s final section considers three resultant issues: 1) argumentative practices and their relation to various institutional hierarchies; 2) argumentative practices between people holding different versus similar hierarchical positions; and 3) the extent to which verbal defiance accompanied by embodied practices can be maintained.