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'Put the Cheetos Down': Camouflaging the Institutionality of an Interaction

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This essay examines conversational exchanges that occurred at the beginning of top-management meetings at a nutritional corporation. We show, in and through analysis, that these moments of interaction, which we label “pre-meeting talk,” are multifunctional and serve a range of institutional goals. An important purpose of this paper is to make visible that pre-meeting talk includes features that are simultaneously “ordinary conversation” and “institutional talk” (Drew & Heritage, 1992). In other words, during moments of pre-meeting exchanges, participants do conversational work to camouflage the institutionality of their interaction. Talk that is ordinary conversation in content and turn design nonetheless helps participants accomplish important work functions. In the paper’s conclusion, we step back from the analysis of this one setting to consider implications for studies of institutional life and the ordinary/institutional distinction.

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Mirivel, Julien. and Tracy, Karen. "'Put the Cheetos Down': Camouflaging the Institutionality of an Interaction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111870_index.html>

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Mirivel, J. C. and Tracy, K. , 2003-05-27 "'Put the Cheetos Down': Camouflaging the Institutionality of an Interaction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111870_index.html

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Abstract: This essay examines conversational exchanges that occurred at the beginning of top-management meetings at a nutritional corporation. We show, in and through analysis, that these moments of interaction, which we label “pre-meeting talk,” are multifunctional and serve a range of institutional goals. An important purpose of this paper is to make visible that pre-meeting talk includes features that are simultaneously “ordinary conversation” and “institutional talk” (Drew & Heritage, 1992). In other words, during moments of pre-meeting exchanges, participants do conversational work to camouflage the institutionality of their interaction. Talk that is ordinary conversation in content and turn design nonetheless helps participants accomplish important work functions. In the paper’s conclusion, we step back from the analysis of this one setting to consider implications for studies of institutional life and the ordinary/institutional distinction.

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