Requests and counters in Russian traffic police officer-citizen encounters: face and identity implications

Marquez-Reiter, Rosina, Ganchenko, Kristina and Charalambidou, Anna (2016) Requests and counters in Russian traffic police officer-citizen encounters: face and identity implications. Pragmatics and Society, 7 (4). pp. 512-539. ISSN 1878-9714

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This paper analyses video recorded interactions between police officers and drivers in traffic stops in Russia. The interactions were recorded via cameras installed on the drivers’ car dashboards, and subsequently uploaded to YouTube; a practice to which over one million Russian motorists have resorted to counterbalance perceived high levels of bribery and corruption (Griaznova 2007). The analysis focuses on responses to opening requests for identification in five different encounters. These show that the drivers repeatedly engage in potentially interpersonally sensitive activities in which the vulnerability of face, especially that of the police officer, is interactionally manifested by launching counter requests in return. The organisation of the request - counter request sequences highlights how face and identity related concerns are interwoven in the participants’ attempts to contest each other’s authority.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 05 December 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 20686
Notes on copyright: Full text: © John Benjamins Publishing Company. It is an author accepted manuscript version of an article to be published in Pragmatics and Society; made available in this repository in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
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Depositing User: Anna Charalambidou
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 16:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 12:53

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