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'Put the Cheetos Down': Camouflaging the Institutionality of an Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  17 the employees themselves. Essentially, this is a form of concertive control (see Tompkins and Cheney, 1985) where group members act as representatives of the organization and discipline others in adopting and behaving in relation to prominent institutional values. In part, the playfulness of this interaction camouflages its work as a device of institutional control. Peter also orients toward the institution and its values (lines 8-9): “it’s the secret to his growth.” Peter’s utterance “growth” is locally understood as the way one’s muscles have grown or expanded and/or typically interpreted as a euphemism for “fat.” Although Peter’s use of the term is ambiguous, his linguistic move displays a connection between “cheetos” and a body condition. While it is very unlikely that cheetos can “secretly” be used as a muscle builder, it certainly can produce fat. In either case, Peter’s move is consequential for it builds on others in an attempt to attend to organizational values. In a complex way, Jim, Tom and Peter individually and collectively orient toward Carl’s behaviors. In fact, Carl’s behaviors have been subjected to scrutiny and became a group focus. Certainly, this interaction illustrates how a person’s behaviors are a resource for generating talk, but also a way to build a collective group rapport. In particular, the way in which group members collectively contribute to “being playful” achieves this purpose. However, to be collectively playful can also serve other purposes. This moment reveals how group member reproduce, espouse, and attend to institutional values. They do so by reconstructing, characterizing, and defining Carl’s behaviors as non-institutional (perhaps as a felony).

Authors: Mirivel, Julien. and Tracy, Karen.
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the employees themselves. Essentially, this is a form of concertive control (see
Tompkins and Cheney, 1985) where group members act as representatives of the
organization and discipline others in adopting and behaving in relation to prominent
institutional values. In part, the playfulness of this interaction camouflages its work as a
device of institutional control.
Peter also orients toward the institution and its values (lines 8-9): “it’s the secret
to his growth.” Peter’s utterance “growth” is locally understood as the way one’s
muscles have grown or expanded and/or typically interpreted as a euphemism for “fat.”
Although Peter’s use of the term is ambiguous, his linguistic move displays a
connection between “cheetos” and a body condition. While it is very unlikely that
cheetos can “secretly” be used as a muscle builder, it certainly can produce fat. In either
case, Peter’s move is consequential for it builds on others in an attempt to attend to
organizational values.
In a complex way, Jim, Tom and Peter individually and collectively orient
toward Carl’s behaviors. In fact, Carl’s behaviors have been subjected to scrutiny and
became a group focus. Certainly, this interaction illustrates how a person’s behaviors
are a resource for generating talk, but also a way to build a collective group rapport. In
particular, the way in which group members collectively contribute to “being playful”
achieves this purpose. However, to be collectively playful can also serve other
purposes. This moment reveals how group member reproduce, espouse, and attend to
institutional values. They do so by reconstructing, characterizing, and defining Carl’s
behaviors as non-institutional (perhaps as a felony).


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