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Power and affiliation in presidential press conferences: A study on interruptions, jokes and laughter
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Medie och kommunikationsvetenskap)
2009 (English)In: Journal of Language and Politics, ISSN 1569-2159, E-ISSN 1569-9862, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 386-415Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Presidential press conference is an enduring form for public interrogations. Interaction in this context regulates and symbolizes relations of power, autonomy and affiliation between the President and the journalists. A general argument is that we have to study sequences of interaction in order to understand the roles and relations established in press conferences. The article investigates interruptions, and jokes and laughter. The study is based on Conversation Analysis and the data encompasses 19 press conferences held by George W Bush from 2005-2007. The analysis shows how the President uses interruptions in order to control the allocation of turns, disagree and reject criticism, demonstrate certainty and conviction, and makes joke with the journalists. Sequences of jokes and laughter strengthen the interactive power of the President, create affiliations, and questioning the expected neutrality of journalism.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2009. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 386-415
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Social Sciences Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-5052DOI: 10.1075/jlp.8.3.03eksISI: 000273659600003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-71649093995OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-5052DiVA, id: diva2:139641
Available from: 2009-11-05 Created: 2009-01-26 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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