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Dialogues in solitude:the discursive structures and social functions of male toilet graffiti

Whiting, Sam and Koller, Veronika (2007) Dialogues in solitude:the discursive structures and social functions of male toilet graffiti. Other. Centre for Language in Social Life (CLSL), Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    This paper looks at the discursive and interactional structures to be found in male toilet graffiti at a British university. Traditionally, toilet graffiti has been discussed in terms of thematic content and the possible psychological and socioanthropological impacts on it. By contrast, this study draws on work in conversation analysis and discourse studies to investigate patterns of interaction in this form of mediated linguistic interaction. Combining pragmatics and conversation analysis, the paper identifies patterns of turn-taking, most notably adjacency pairs, and discusses the notion of face-threatening acts in graffiti. The genre is seen as hybrid, incorporating both spoken and written features, and as located in three contexts: the micro-context of the physical location, the mesocontext of social relations at the institution and the macro-context of the wider social formation. All three contexts impact on the structures and the function of male toilet graffiti in that social actors enact conflicting group values while at the same time reinstantiating hegemonic masculinity.

    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    Additional Information: CLSL working paper series no. 126
    Uncontrolled Keywords: conversation analysis ; community of practice ; graffiti ; language and masculinity
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 26682
    Deposited By: Dr Veronika Koller
    Deposited On: 23 Jun 2009 13:37
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:21
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26682

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