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dc.contributor.authorMcNeill, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorPehrson, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Clifford
dc.identifier.citationMcNeill , A , Pehrson , S & Stevenson , C 2017 , ' The rhetorical complexity of competitive and common victimhood in conversational discourse ' , European Journal of Social Psychology , vol. 47 , no. 2 , pp. 167–179 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 245443726
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 56d055c2-c4a7-4759-8a1e-042699e49665
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85020262015
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-9259-6408/work/60196834
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000403098400004
dc.description.abstractMuch current research on collective victimhood acknowledges the role of rhetoric but does not fully address the implications for micro-level variation in personal expressions of victimhood. The focus has tended to be on individual differences in collective victimhood construals where people may either see their group as the sole possessor of victim-status or may incorporate other groups into an inclusive category. While recent research sees a strategic element in some “inclusivity”, we argue that all claims of victimhood are strategic. By using a discursive approach, we show variability in the expression of victimhood and how this accomplishes different activities in conversations. Several focus groups consisting of victims from Northern Ireland were analysed to identify presentations of victimhood and their relation to the unfolding dynamics of the conversation. We demonstrate that presentation of victimhood is an interactional concern, link this to the concept of “needs” and suggest implications this might have.
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dc.subjectIntergroup relationsen
dc.subjectCollective victimhooden
dc.subjectRhetorical psychologyen
dc.subjectDiscursive psychologyen
dc.subjectHV Social pathology. Social and public welfareen
dc.subjectRC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatryen
dc.titleThe rhetorical complexity of competitive and common victimhood in conversational discourseen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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