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Reconstructing female emotionality

Locke, Abigail (2001) Reconstructing female emotionality. Social Psychological Review, 3 (2). pp. 16-26.

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I examine the use of emotion discourse in the management of blame and accountability, using as an empirical case, the Panorama interview between Princess Diana and Martin Bashir. Diana’s talk is examined to determine how she uses notions of emotionality attributed to her in her discourse for accounting purposes. I argue that Diana provides the background for her ‘emotional’ label and through doing so,
allocates blame by accusing the media and royal family of fabricating that label for her. She further constructs their motive as being due to their being threatened by her strength of character, rather than her perceived instability. Finally Diana reconstructs
her emotional nature into a positive attribute whilst marking the royal family as ‘unemotional’ and uncaring. This study is linked to a broader discursive psychology of emotion concepts and their uses

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Institute for Health Citizenship
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Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 09:42
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2015 02:50


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