This study investigates how debate participants include and exclude each other through posi-tioning in public debates and how this influences the debate as an institution of interaction. This study builds upon observations and transcriptions of three different public debates in the Copenhagen area. When examining the fractions, which contained elements of inclusion and exclusion, we discovered two main things: that the debate participants limited each other through verbal strategies and categorizations and that the ceremonial rules of the setting re-stricted what the participants could state. We analyzed the verbal encounters with the concepts face-work, categorization and gatekeeping processes, positioning, and processes of avoidance and correction. We have concluded that there was an unspoken motive between all parties to move the conversation forward, which became obvious in them choosing including strategies over excluding ones. This evasion of conflict nevertheless led to some subjects and opinions not being uttered, because it was in most people’s interest to avoid a loss of face. However, this restrained the discussion from addressing certain issues and it thereby questions the debate as a democratic tool.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||17 jun. 2016|
|Vejledere||Lise Paulsen Galal|
- Public debate
- Rom Harré