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

Marquez-Reiter, Rosina, Ganchenko, Kristina and Charalambidou, Anna ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Requests and counters in Russian traffic police officer-citizen encounters: face and identity implications. In: The Pragmatics of Sensitive Activities in Institutional Discourse. Mosegaard Hansen, Maj-Britt and Marquez-Reiter, Rosina, eds. Benjamins Current Topics, 96 . John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 7-33. ISBN 9789027263674, e-ISBN 9789027263681. [Book Section] (doi:10.1075/bct.96.01mar)

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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: Book Section
Additional Information: Originally published as special issue of Pragmatics and Society 7:4 (2016).
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 24384
Notes on copyright: © John Benjamins 2018. This manuscript, Márquez Reiter, R., Ganchenko, K., & Charalambidou, A. (2018). Requests and counters in Russian traffic police officer-citizen encounters. Benjamins Current Topics, 7–33. doi:10.1075/bct.96.01mar, url:, has been accepted for publication and is under copyright, the publisher ( should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 16:00
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