This chapter discusses a specific type of interactional ritual in ethno-political interviews, one that hinders their conciliatory potential. The ritual is performed by two types of participants: Jewish-Israeli interviewers demanding the condemnation of transgressions committed by others, and the respective response by Arab-Israeli political representatives in the role of interviewees. Negotiation over condemnations is examined, as this speech act is considered crucial to setting up models for civic behavior. The chapter demonstrates how interviewers' efforts to exercise interactional and social power through pushing their interviewees to adopt a consensual stance are rejected by resorting to indirect answer designs. It concludes by discussing the extent to which "do you condemn" questions may be perceived as a legitimate professional journalistic practice.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||The Discourse of Indirectness. Cues, voices and functions|
|Editors||Zohar Livnat, Pnina Shukrun-Nagar, Galia Hirsch|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - 2020|
|Name||Pragmatics and Beyond New Series|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 987/61).
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