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Michael Mora-Rodriguez publishes "Resolving suspicion moment-by-moment. The overall structural organization of police encounters in the Spain-France border area" in Language & Communication

Michael Mora-Rodriguez publishes "Resolving suspicion moment-by-moment. The overall structural organization of police encounters in the Spain-France border area" in Language & Communication

This article presents, for the first time, a study of border security (crime control) as talk-in-interaction, analyzed with the methodology of conversation analysis. 

07.09.2022

 

Abstract

Drawing on video recordings of police checks in the Spain-France border area, conversation analysis is applied to circumstances in which police officers decide to expand the encounter in search of grounds for suspicion. Police construct a “funnel of suspicion” that gradually intrudes further into the civilians’ personal spheres. This is used to gather information on which to base choices regarding subsequent actions, such as seeking further details or ending the encounter. The results show that police pressure when assessing what constitutes suspicion and attempts by civilians to be released from the encounter shape the interaction of these police border checks.

Keywords: Conversation analysis; Border security; Sequential organization; Crime control; Institutional talk; Police-civilian interaction

Link to the full article (open acess): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2022.07.006

 

 

 

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