Epistemic status and the recognizability of social actions
2016 (English)In: Discourse Studies, ISSN 1461-4456, E-ISSN 1461-7080, Vol. 18, no 5, 500-525 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Although the production and recognition of social actions have been central concerns for conversation analysis (CA) from the outset, it has recently been argued that CA is yet to develop a systematic analysis of action formation'. As a partial remedy to this situation, John Heritage introduces epistemic status', which he claims is an unavoidable component of the production and recognition of social action. His proposal addresses the question how is social action produced and recognized? by reference to another question how is relative knowledge recognized? Despite the importance placed on the latter question, it is not clear how it is to be answered in particular cases. We argue that the introduction of epistemic status builds on a reformulation of the action formation problem that unnecessarily de-emphasizes the importance of the sequential environment. Our re-analyses of key sequences cast doubts on the empirical grounding of the epistemic program, and question whether the fundamental role of epistemic status has been convincingly demonstrated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 18, no 5, 500-525 p.
Action formation, conversation analysis, epistemic status
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307723DOI: 10.1177/1461445616657958ISI: 000385305700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307723DiVA: diva2:1048478
Meeting of the International-Institute-of-Ethnomethodology-and-Conversation-Analysis (IIEMCA), 2015, Kolding, DENMARK