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“You Can Get Cyberbullied by Your Friends”: Claiming Authority to Categorise a Past Event as Bullying


Canty, J, 'You Can Get Cyberbullied by Your Friends': Claiming Authority to Categorise a Past Event as Bullying, Children's Knowledge-in-Interaction: Studies in Conversation Analysis, Springer Nature, A Bateman and A Church (ed), Singapore, pp. 333-350. ISBN 9789811017018 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1703-2_18


Bullying is an emotive term, one that carries substantial social and moral sanctions. It is also one that would usually not be expected in accounting for the actions of a friend. This chapter focuses on categorisation practices in a discussion between four children. The discussion focuses on a past event, in which two of the children present were involved, in the context of a classroom-based small group activity focused on their experiences of using social media. Both of the children who were involved in the event can be understood to have epistemic access and epistemic primacy in relation to the event under discussion. Where this shared epistemic access and primacy becomes problematic is when a dispute emerges over whether the event may be accounted for as cyberbullying or not. Authority becomes especially significant in the event of a dispute over knowledge claims. Whose account takes precedence? The analysis of member categorisation in this chapter concentrates on how children orient to relative epistemic and moral authority when there are competing claims to the epistemic terrain.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:social medium, moral obligation, past event, cultural knowledge, moral authority
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Canty, J (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:135161
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2019-10-03
Last Modified:2019-11-11

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