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Jeffrey D. Robinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210557.001.0001

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Accountability in Social Interaction

Accountability in Social Interaction

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Accountability in Social Interaction

Jeffrey D. Robinson

Oxford University Press

From the general perspective of language and social interaction, especially ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, this chapter reviews two broad senses of the notion of “accountability” and their interrelationships. First, “the accountability (or intelligibility) of conduct’s action” involves ways in which action is formed/ascribed, including interactional practices used to form actions and their constitutive relevance rules. Second, “accounting for conduct in interaction” involves interactants’ omnirelevant, moral responsibility for adhering to relevance rules, and how people manage, or account for, accountable conduct, or that which breaches relevance rules; this section reviews different types of accounts relative to breaches of different types of relevance rules, argues for a preference for self-accounting, describes a difference between accountability “stance” and “status,” and discusses different types of actions that take up stances toward accountability status, such as accounts, solicitations of accounts, and a variety of actions that hold people responsible for accountable conduct (e.g., accusations).

Keywords:   conversation analysis, accountability, action formation, action ascription, relevance rule, repair, preference, status, stance, moral responsibility

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