Publication Date

2017

Journal or Book Title

Discourse Studies

Abstract

This study examines the mediator practices to bring the interaction back on track when the participants of dispute mediation go off-task. An existing collection of 18 transcripts from audio recordings of mediation sessions at a mediation center in the western United States serves as a source of interactional data. First, the study examines the moves mediators make to perform interventions to bring the current state of activity more in line with mediation activity. Second, it accounts for the variety of interventions mediators perform using the concepts of face and facework. The article discusses what the findings mean in terms of mediation, the interaction order and the institutional order.

DOI

10.1177/1461445617701993

Volume

19

Pages

341-358

Issue

3

License

UMass Amherst Open Access Policy

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