The Recognition and Interactional Management of Face Threats: Comparing Neurotypical Participants and Participants with Asperger's Syndrome

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Erving Goffman has argued that the threat of losing one's face is an omnirelevant concern that penetrates all actions in encounters. However, studies have shown that compared with neurotypical individuals, persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can be less preoccupied with how others perceive them and thus possibly less concerned of face in interaction. Drawing on a data set of Finnish quasinatural conversations, we use the means of conversation analysis to compare the practices of facework in storytelling sequences involving neurotypical (NT) participants and participants diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (AS). We found differences in the ways in which the AS and NT participants in our data managed face threats in interaction, where they spontaneously assumed the roles of both storytellers and story recipients. We discuss our findings in relation to theories of self in interaction, with an aim to illuminate both typical and atypical interactional practices of facework.
Original languageEnglish
Article number01902725211003023
JournalSocial Psychology Quarterly
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)132-154
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • facework
  • self
  • social interaction
  • storytelling
  • 5144 Social psychology
  • 515 Psychology
  • 5141 Sociology

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