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Title: 'I'm not gonna hit a lady': conversation analysis, membership categorization and men's denials of violence towards women
Authors: Stokoe, Elizabeth
Keywords: Conversation analysis
Membership categorization
Neighbour complaints
Police interrogation
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd. © The Author
Citation: STOKOE, E., 2010. 'I'm not gonna hit a lady': conversation analysis, membership categorization and men's denials of violence towards women. Discourse & Society, 21 (1), pp. 59 - 82.
Abstract: This article examines the way male suspects deny accusations of assaulting women in interrogations by police officers. It draws on a large corpus of British police interrogation materials, and uses conversation analysis to shed light on the location and design of, and responses to, suspects’ ‘category-based denials’ that they are not ‘the kind of men who hit women’. Two sections of analysis identify how, first, such denials routinely follow police officers’ direct questions about violent behaviour, and, second, how they become embedded in extended narratives that are not directly describing violence. In contrast to other discourse-analytic studies of men’s accounts of violence towards women, the article unpacks the component features that comprise what others might label grossly as the ‘discourse of gendered violence’. Rather than see how such ‘discourses’ operate in interview contexts, it shows how suspects construct, in a high-stakes setting for a particular purpose, different categories of men, claiming membership in one (who do not hit women) by recruiting the notion of the other (who do). Thus, in addition to its contribution to the study of gender and violence, the article takes new steps in the ongoing development of membership categorization and conversation analysis, showcasing a type of systematic sequential analysis that can be done with membership categories.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Discourse and Society [SAGE Publications Ltd. © The Author] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926509345072
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0957926509345072
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13263
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926509345072
ISSN: 0957-9265
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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