Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


6 March 2019

Lee Oakley - Time references as face-saving devices following disclosures of loneliness: data from social research interviews with UK undergraduate students

Presented By DARG
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

The data for this session come from a corpus of audio-recorded social research interviews with UK undergraduate students, advertised to them as a study on “feelings and emotions at university”. Unlike previous studies which have tried to draw inferences about lived experiences of loneliness from questionnaires and interviews, here I show that we should be attending to the conversational (and situational – within the interview) behaviour of students when addressing this sensitive and often stigmatized topic. This is especially pertinent given that studies have shown (e.g. Mackie, 1998; Wilcox, Winn & Fyvie-Gauld, 2005) that loneliness is often one of the main motivating factors behind students choosing to drop out of their university degree programmes.

Analytically, I’m intertested in how this feeling is disclosed, accounted for, and negotiated with the interviewer over the course of the exchange, and how discursive devices (such as time references) are mobilised for these purposes. Finally, I will also be keen to emphasize the utility of analyzing social research interview data, given the lively on-going debates around this topic.

Transcripts will be available on the day, but will need to be returned at the end of the session. The approach I’m using is Discursive Psychology.

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