Rituals of outspokenness and verbal conflict

Dániel Z. Kádár, Melvin De La Cruz

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This study examines rituals of outspokenness, by analysing cases drawn from the US hidden camera show, Primetime: What Would You Do? Studying ritualistic behaviour in cases when bystanders become side participants as they stand up for victims of abuse fills a knowledge gap in pragmatics. A further merit of studying this phenomenon is that it provides insight into the reactive aspect of ritual behaviour, which is usually described in the field as a form of action rather than reaction. Furthermore, examining the morally loaded acts of rituals of outspokenness reveals the potentially complex relationship between aggression and normative behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-290
Number of pages26
JournalPragmatics and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2016


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