“Oh my god that would hurt”: pain cries in feminist self-defence classes
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractThis study examines response cries produced by student spectators reacting to imagined pain in the setting of feminist self-defence classes. It investigates the vocal, verbal and embodied resources that constitute reactive displays to demonstrations and descriptions of physical techniques that can thwart attacks. It asks what the pain cries accomplish, considering their form and sequential organisation. Video-recordings of the classes were data. Drawing on discursive psychology and using multi-modal conversation analysis, the results detail how the conventionalised composition and positions of the cries make them mutually intelligible as reacting to a painful experience. They functioned to support the progression of the instructional activity that created a make-believe space where girls and women can resist violence. The findings confirm and extend what is known about the interactional environments and activities in which pain figures, further advancing the distinctive insights that an interactional approach brings. Data are in New Zealand English.
CitationWeatherall A (2023) '“Oh my god that would hurt”: pain cries in feminist self-defence classes', Language and Communication, 90, pp.1-13.
JournalLanguage and Communication
SponsorsRoyal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant VUW1920 ‘Using Talk and the Body to Prevent Gender Based Violence’
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