Authority and Power in Social Interaction explores methods of analyzing authority and power in the minutiae of interaction. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse international team of organizational communication and language and social interaction scholars, this book suggests reverting the perspective that notions of authority and power constrain human activity, to determine how people (re)create them through conversation and other joint action.
Confronting several perspectives within each chapter, the book offers a broad range of approaches to each theme: how and when to bring "context" into the analysis, formal authority, institutions, bodies and materiality, immateriality, and third parties. A core belief of this volume is that authority and power are not looming over human activity; rather, we weave together the constraints that we mutually impose on each other. Observing the details of how this joint process takes place may at once better account for how authority and power emerge and impact our actions, and provide guidelines on how to resist them.
This book will be an important reference for students and scholars in language and social interaction, organizational communication, as well as those interested in an alternative take on issues of authority and power. It will also find resonance among those interested in managements studies, public administration and other disciplines interested in situations where authority is a crucial issue.
Introduction: In search for the specific unfolding of authority and power
Nicolas Bencherki, François Cooren and Frédérik Matte
Chapter One:The authority of the "broader context": What's not in the interaction?
Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Oren Livio and Frédérik Matte
Chapter Two: The Varieties of (More or Less) Formal Authority
Alena L. Vasilyeva, Jessica Robles, Jean Saludadez, Christian Schwägerl and Theresa Castor
Chapter Three: How institutional authority and routine exertions of power can be mobilized, negotiated and challenged
Helle Kryger Aggerholm, Birte Asmuß, Geneviève Boivin, Richard Buttny and Klaus Krippendorff
Chapter Four: Bodies, faces, physical spaces and the materializations of authority
Nicolas Bencherki, Alaric Bourgoin, Huey-Rong Chen, François Cooren, Vincent Denault and Pierrich Plusquellec
Chapter Five: God, love and the apparently immaterial sources of authority
Bertrand Fauré, Thomas Martine, Trudy Milburn and Katherine R. Peters
Chapter Six: De-Centering the Analysis: The Authority of Spectators, Journalists and Others
Chantal Benoit-Barné, Sky Marsen, Nan Wang and Yue Yang
The goal of this series is to publish original research in the field of organizational communication, with a particular—but not exclusive—focus on the constitutive or performative aspects of communication. In doing so, this series aims to be an outlet for cutting-edge research monographs, edited books, and handbooks that will redefine, refresh and redirect scholarship in this field.
The volumes published in this series address topics as varied as branding, spiritual organizing, collaboration, employee communication, corporate authority, organizational timing and spacing, organizational change, organizational sense making, organization membership, and disorganization. What unifies this diversity of themes is the authors’ focus on communication, especially in its constitutive and performative dimensions. In other words, authors are encouraged to highlight the key role communication plays in all these processes.