The rhetorical complexity of competitive and common victimhood in conversational discourse

McNeill, A., Pehrson, S. and Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, 2017. The rhetorical complexity of competitive and common victimhood in conversational discourse. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47 (2), pp. 167-179. ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

Much current research on collective victimhood acknowledges the role of rhetoric but does not fully address the implications for micro-level variation in personal expressions of victimhood. The focus has tended to be on individual differences in collective victimhood construals where people may either see their group as the sole possessor of victim-status or may incorporate other groups into an inclusive category. While recent research sees a strategic element in some “inclusivity”, we argue that all claims of victimhood are strategic. By using a discursive approach, we show variability in the expression of victimhood and how this accomplishes different activities in conversations. Several focus groups consisting of victims from Northern Ireland were analysed to identify presentations of victimhood and their relation to the unfolding dynamics of the conversation. We demonstrate that presentation of victimhood is an interactional concern, link this to the concept of “needs” and suggest implications this might have.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Social Psychology
Creators: McNeill, A., Pehrson, S. and Stevenson, C.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: March 2017
Volume: 47
Number: 2
ISSN: 0046-2772
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1002/ejsp.2255DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Jan 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 10:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29929

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