Expressing thinking in institutional interaction : Stancetaking in mental health rehabilitation group discussions

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Paananen , J , Stevanovic , M & Valkeapää , T 2021 , ' Expressing thinking in institutional interaction : Stancetaking in mental health rehabilitation group discussions ' , Journal of Pragmatics , vol. 184 , pp. 152-166 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.07.026

Title: Expressing thinking in institutional interaction : Stancetaking in mental health rehabilitation group discussions
Author: Paananen, Jenny; Stevanovic, Melisa; Valkeapää, Taina
Contributor organization: Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Facing Narcissism
Faculty Common Matters (Faculty of Social Sciences)
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Arts
Date: 2021-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of Pragmatics
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.07.026
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335423
Abstract: This paper focuses on the stancetaking formats used to express personal thoughts, namely Finnish ma aattelen/aattelin 'I think/thought', ma mietin 'I think/wonder', and mun mielesta/musta 'I think/in my opinion'. We study how these first-person formats are used in mental health rehabilitation group meetings, which aim to promote joint decision-making. In particular, we analyze whether the institutional asymmetry between support workers and clients is reflected in the use of these thought expressions. Our data comprise 23 video-recorded rehabilitation meetings, and the adopted methods are conversation analysis and interactional linguistics. Most of the stancetaking formats in our data are produced by support workers (106/129). The results of a sequential analysis conducted in this study demonstrate that support workers' thought expressions are embedded in their institutional actions, which are beyond the clients' authority. Moreover, our data suggest that support workers' and rehabilitants' thought expressions generate different participation dynamics. Although previous research has considered I think-formats typically as calls for other views, in institutional settings such as ours, these formats can also be interpreted as highlighting an institutional agent's controlling position. Acknowledging the existence of such differences in stancetaking practices can advance the design of new protocols to facilitate client participation.
Subject: Conversation analysis
Epistemics
Institutional interaction
Interactional linguistics
Stancetaking
Thought expression
DECISION-MAKING
CLUBHOUSE
EMOTION
POWER
6121 Languages
5141 Sociology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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