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Putting persuasion (back) in its interactional context

Huma, Bogdana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0482-9580, Stokoe, Elizabeth and Sikveland, Rein Ove (2019) Putting persuasion (back) in its interactional context. Qualitative Research in Psychology. (In Press)

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Persuasion is a ubiquitous presence in everyday life, with decades of research from across the social sciences, and, of course, particularly within psychology. Nevertheless, in this paper, we argue that we still know very little about actual manifestations of persuasive conduct ‘in the wild’. Taking a discursive psychological approach to the study of people in the settings that comprise their everyday lives, we respecify persuasion as a visible, situated, and interactive accomplishment, rather than starting from a conceptualisation of it as an outcome of invisible cognitive processes (Humă, Stokoe, & Sikveland, 2019; Pino, 2017; Wooffitt, 2005). Examining a corpus of business-to-business ‘cold’ sales calls we show how salespeople successfully secure meetings with prospective clients, and how these outcomes are tied to specific practices of turn-taking and sequential organisation, rather than being the result of the prior (unknowable) ‘intent’ of the prospect. We conclude that persuasion is not an elusive or mysterious phenomenon, but needs much wider scrutiny to describe and understand it in settings that matter to the participants involved.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2019.1676849
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4116

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