Clift2021a

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Clift2021a
BibType ARTICLE
Key Clift2021a
Author(s) Rebecca Clift
Title Embodiment in Dissent: The Eye Roll as an Interactional Practice
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Tag(s) Embodiment, Dissent, EMCA, Eye gaze, Eye roll, Gaze
Publisher Routledge
Year 2021
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Journal Research on Language and Social Interaction
Volume 54
Number 3
Pages 261–276
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DOI 10.1080/08351813.2021.1936858
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Abstract

This article investigates a recognizable embodied practice for displaying dissent: the ``eye roll, whereby the eyes are rolled up or sideways in their sockets as a response to something said or done. On a corpus of videoed interaction, it shows that: (a) the eye roll may be only the most salient visible element of a constellation of practices embodying dissent; and (b) it can be quite specific in its selection of recipients and can be used to pursue affiliation with another party. Investigation suggests that the eye roll is in fact a protest in response to someone going too far. As an expression of stance that may not be visible to the party whose action it targets, the eye roll is collusive for those who witness it: In its ambivalent status lies its value as an interactional object. Data are in British and American English.

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