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Title: Problems in the neighbourhood: Formulating noise complaints across dispute resolution services
Authors: Alexander, Marc
Stokoe, Elizabeth
Keywords: Neighbour disputes
Noise
Agency
Mediation
Environmental health
Complaints
Recipient design
Comparative analysis
Discursive psychology
Conversation analysis
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: ALEXANDER, M. and STOKOE, E., 2019. Problems in the neighbourhood: Formulating noise complaints across dispute resolution services. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, [in press].
Abstract: When people are in dispute with their neighbours, there are multiple routes to resolution and different services have a range of remits to support it. This article explores how noise complaints are reported to dispute resolution mediation and local council environmental services in the UK. A collection of 315 recorded telephone calls were transcribed and analysed using discursive psychology, underpinned by conversation analytic methods. Analysis focused on how the same kinds of noise complaint were formulated for the remit and provision of the service called. In mediation calls, callers directly attributed the source of the noise to the agent of its production (e.g., “it’s about the neighbour”). However, reference to ‘the neighbour’ was typically omitted (at least initially) in calls to environmental health services (e.g., “I need to speak to someone about disturbance”). This comparative analysis of different settings reveals the significance of service remit for the design of complaints and the relevance of attributing cause in making a case for aid. Comparing two settings provides a propitious opportunity to demonstrate that noise is not a physically objective phenomena or neutral category, but institutionally formulated social conduct.
Description: This paper is closed access until 12 months after the date of publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37287
Publisher Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991298
ISSN: 1052-9284
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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