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Denunciation, blame and the moral turn in public life

Marquez Reiter, Rosina and Haugh, Michael (2019) Denunciation, blame and the moral turn in public life Discourse, Context & Media, 28. pp. 35-43.

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Public denunciations involve ritual destruction of the moral standing of the target. They are intimately related to the assigning of blame and to the alleged perpetrator’s concomitant denial of wrongdoing. While public denunciations are not a new phenomenon, what has arguably changed in recent years is the loosening of strictures on publicly denouncing immoral behavior, even when (alleged) moral transgressions happen within the remit of traditionally conceived intimate or private relationships, and the broadening of what counts as a public figure. The aim of this paper is to interrogate this moral turn in public life by examining how public denunciations are accomplished in broadcast talk, and the role they play in co-constructing and reaffirming perceived common moral ground. We conclude that while moral criticisms, such as accusing, blaming, denouncing, reproaching, and so on, are evidently oriented as sensitive actions in the public sphere, it appears that constraints on publicly denouncing immoral behavior are on the wane.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Marquez Reiter,
Haugh, Michael
Date : April 2019
DOI : 10.1016/j.dcm.2018.09.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2018 13:04
Last Modified : 15 Sep 2019 02:08

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