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Robles2019
BibType ARTICLE
Key Robles2019
Author(s) Jessica S. Robles, Elizabeth S. Parks
Title Complaints about technology as a resource for identity-work
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Tag(s) EMCA, Complaints, accounts, technology
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Year 2019
Language English
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Journal Language in Society
Volume 48
Number 2
Pages 209-231
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DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404518001379
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Abstract

This article examines how people complain about technology. Using discourse analysis, we inspect sixteen hours of video-recorded focus-group interviews and focused one-on-one discussions where technology was topicalized. We investigate these conversations paying attention to (i) features of language and its situated delivery, including emphasis, word choice, metaphor, and categorizations; and (ii) how these accomplish social actions. We show how interactants use narratives of complaint-like activities about hypothetical categories of people and confessions of their own complainable participation to accomplish a ‘bemoaning’ speech act that manages competing affiliations, demands, and disagreements to construct reasonable moral identities in the situated interaction. By engaging in specific micro-level discursive practices in interaction, participants produce and reproduce what new technologies ‘mean’ to them and for contemporary society. This shows how important it is to examine opinions as situated actions rather than as simple facts about what people believe.

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