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Membership categorization, culture and norms in action

Housley, William and Fitzgerald, Richard 2009. Membership categorization, culture and norms in action. Discourse & Society 20 (3) , pp. 345-362. 10.1177/0957926509102405

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Abstract

In this article, we examine the extent to which membership categorization analysis (MCA) can inform an understanding of reasoning within the public domain where morality, policy and cultural politics are visible (Smith and Tatalovich, 2003). Through the examination of three examples, we demonstrate how specific types of category device(s) are a ubiquitous feature of accountable practice in the public domain where morality matters and public policy intersect. Furthermore, we argue that MCA provides a method for analysing the mundane mechanics associated with everyday cultural politics and democratic accountability assembled and presented within news media and broadcast settings.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: categorization sequence; membership categorization analysis; mundane morality; norms-in-action; politics
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISSN: 0957-9265
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19224

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