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Parental discourse and identity management in the talk of indigenous and migrant speakers

Xenitidou, Maria ; Greco Morasso, Sara

In: Discourse & society, 2014, vol. 25, no. 1, p. 100-121

This article integrates discursive psychology and argumentation studies to discuss the regularities identified in two sets of data – focus group discussions amongst indigenous Greeks residing in Central Northern Greece and interviews with non-indigenous women with children, resident in the greater London area. The initial regularity identified consisted of participants talking as parents...

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The trajectory of food as a symbolic resource for international migrants

Greco Morasso, Sara ; Zittoun,Tania

In: Outlines - critical practice studies, 2014, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 28-48

This paper explores the trajectories of food and how culinary practices evolve over time in relation to a migrant’s experience. Our focus is on international mothers adjusting to life in London. We identify a connection between eating practices and evolving identities. In line with a stream of research in cultural psychology, we consider food as a symbolic resource mobilized by migrants to...

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Contextual frames and their argumentative implications : A case study in media argumentation

Greco Morasso, Sara

In: Discourse studies, 2012, vol. 14, no. 2, p. 197-216

On the basis of a case-study based on the argumentative analysis of news in the press, this paper introduces and discusses strategic manoeuvring with contextual frames. Drawing on the linguistic notion of frame, I introduce the concept of contextual frame to refer to the news context, i.e. the background against which a certain event is presented as a piece of news. I argue that newspapers and...

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Multivoiced decisions : A study of migrants’ inner dialogue and its connection to social argumentation

Greco Morasso, Sara

In: Pragmatics & cognition, 2013, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 55–80

This paper sets out to explore the relation between social argumentation and inner debate by taking into account suggestions from argumentation studies and from social and discursive psychology. It develops Dascal’s (2005) claim that there are metonymical and structural relations between the two realms of debate by substantiating it with data taken from international migrants’ inner...

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Learning as a precondition of migrants’ interest and engagement

Greco Morasso, Sara

In: Human Affairs, 2012, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 313-324

This paper considers the complex relation between migrants’ interest in their host country and their consequent civic or social engagement in the framework of processes of transition following the rupture of international migration (cf. Zittoun 2006). In phases of transition, migrants live processes of identity definition, sense-making of the situation and learning new knowledge and...

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Argumentative and other communicative strategies of the mediation practice

Greco Morasso, Sara ; Rigotti, Eddo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2009.

This work investigates how argumentation, namely the communicative exchange aimed at founding ones position in a reasonable fashion, is an essential condition for the fulfilment of the pragmatic goals of mediation, conceived of as a conflict resolution practice. In mediation, the parties are competent and responsible for the decision on the conflict, while the mediator helps them assume an...