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(Im)politeness and (im)morality: Insights from intervention

Marquez Reiter, R and Kadar, DZ (2015) (Im)politeness and (im)morality: Insights from intervention Journal of Politeness Research: language, behavior, culture, 11 (2). pp. 239-260.

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Abstract

In this study we offer a socio-pragmatic examination of instances of what is generally known in social psychology as “bystander intervention,” i.e. the social action by which a bystander steps in and attempts to prevent a wrongdoer from abusing a victim. We explore the relationship between (im)politeness and participants’ perceptions and understandings of moral principles as evidenced by their metacommunicative voicing. Our analysis concentrates on cases of bystander intervention in the US by analysing data drawn from a reality show. Bystander intervention is a noteworthy phenomenon to examine for, at least, two reasons. First, it is a type of aggressive social action as it poses an uninvited and open challenge to the wrongdoer in public. Second, bystander intervention challenges conventional behavioural norms. It aims to reinstate what the intervener regards as morally appropriate behaviour. This study aims to contribute to current research on (im)politeness by offering a yet unexplored dimension: that of the interface between metapragmatics, (im)politeness and (im)morality in the interactional arena of bystander intervention.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Marquez Reiter, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kadar, DZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 July 2015
Identification Number : 10.1515/pr-2015-0010
Additional Information : Copyright © 2015 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Aug 2015 09:54
Last Modified : 01 Jul 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807709

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