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Michael Mora Rodríguez defends his doctoral thesis entitled “Crime control as social interaction. A conversation analysis of police border checks.”

This past 14th of May, CritiCC researcher Michael Mora defended his thesis, directed by Dr. Carles Roca Cuberes.

13.06.2024

 

Michael Mora Rodríguez, from the Critical Communication - CRITICC Research Group and the POLCOM-GRP Political Communication Research Group, defended last Tuesday his thesis entitled “Crime control as social interation. A conversation analysis of police border checks” with an excellent rating. The thesis has been directed by Dr. Carles Roca Cuberes, from the Critical Communication - CRITICC Research Group.

Michael's thesis studies the police controls that are organized in the border area between Spain and France (in La Jonquera – Le Perthus) with the aim of preventing illegal activities. From 272 videos recorded by the new doctor, communication between police and civilians is analyzed as an example of interpersonal communication and social interaction. The data have been transcribed and analyzed with Conversation Analysis (AC) methodology.

The tribunal was formed by Dr. Emilee Moora de Luca, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as a president; Dr. Elisabeth Muth Andersen, from the University of Southern Denmark, as secretary and Dr. Will Gibson, from University College London, as a member, highlighted the methodology of obtaining data to carry out the conversational analysis and the relevance of the research for real conversations in Spain The court also valued very positively the data that the doctor collected during his two research stays abroad.

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