OHalloran2005

From emcawiki
Revision as of 13:25, 11 July 2018 by Clair-AntoineVeyrier (talk | contribs) (Clair-AntoineVeyrier moved page O'Halloran2005 to OHalloran2005 without leaving a redirect: pagename)
Jump to: navigation, search
OHalloran2005
BibType ARTICLE
Key OHalloran2005
Author(s) Seán O'Halloran
Title Symmetry in Interaction in Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous: The Management of Conflict
Editor(s)
Tag(s) EMCA, Alcoholics Anonymous, conflict management, institutional interaction, narrative symmetry, turn taking
Publisher
Year 2005
Language
City
Month
Journal Discourse & Society
Volume 16
Number 4
Pages 535–560
URL Link
DOI 10.1177/0957926505053056
ISBN
Organization
Institution
School
Type
Edition
Series
Howpublished
Book title
Chapter

Download BibTex

Abstract

This is a study of the interactive order of participants in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It explores, through a detailed examination of one instance of conflict, the turn-taking system of AA meetings and the discursive alignment of members to each other. It aims to demonstrate that the non-hierarchical, egalitarian nature of AA is reflected in and constituted through the way symmetrical interaction is managed. It is proposed that this symmetry is institutional and is constitutive of the aims of AA; demonstrating that discursive symmetry is constituted by members’ access to and employment of a similar range of discursive practices which reflects and constitutes non-differentiated roles among members, mitigating against conflict. It is further proposed that the symmetry in AA discursive practices is exceptional in that, unlike the symmetry of mundane conversation between equals, it is institutional and that symmetry is displayed to a higher degree, i.e. that AA discourse is both institutional and highly symmetrical and that this has a particular bearing on conflict management within AA meetings.

Notes