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Talking about careTwo sides to the story$
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Liz Forbat

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346216

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.001.0001

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Embedding difficulties in talk about care relationships

Embedding difficulties in talk about care relationships

(p.107) four Embedding difficulties in talk about care relationships
Talking about care

Liz Forbat

Policy Press

This chapter develops the argument that discourse analysis can add to understandings of difficulties in relationships by studying how they are constructed and communicated in talk. In many of the instances quoted here it is possible to identify the co-existence, and co-construction, of both care and difficulties – thereby problematising the traditional polarisation within the literature between these two evaluations of relationships. The chapter is organised in a series of subsections, each of which looks at how difficulties are constructed and embedded in talk about care relationships. The sections cover talk on time and space for oneself, (inter)dependency, identity, power, and stress. The chapter moves the debate on from reporting the themes (apparent in much of the existing literature) to theorise a different substantive area: the impact and ideological role that this talk has within the interaction.

Keywords:   discourse analysis, communication, care, self, interdependency, identity, power, stress

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