Arab World English Journal ( September 2019) Theses ID 240 Pp. 1-50
Power Relations through the Flouting of Cooperative Principles in Popular Culture- House
Maryam Fadhel Al-Doseri
English Language Tutor
Royal Collage of Surgeons in Ireland (Bahrain campus)
Author: Maryam Fadhel Al-Doseri
Thesis Title: Power Relations through the Flouting of Cooperative Principles in Popular Culture –House M.D.
Subject/major: Applied English Language Studies
Institution: Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts, University of Bahrain
Degree: MA in Applied English Language Studies
Year of award: 2013
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Graham Parker
KeyWords: critical discursive analysis, conversational maxims, drama, House M.D, linguistics, power relations
This paper studies the flouting of the conversational maxims as means of exercising power in a sample of popular culture; the medical television drama House M.D. The study samples scenes from the eight seasons of the series in which its protagonist Dr. Gregory House intentionally, and unintentionally, flouts conversational maxims to redefine rules of power play. To that end, this linguistics study of conversational principles is contextualized within a broad sociological framework of the theories defining power and a broader frame of the critical discursive analysis of power and language. The findings primarily demonstrate that uncooperativeness of one of the participants and their disregard for conversational principles points towards an imbalance in power relations.
Cite as: Al-Doseri, M. F. (2013). Power Relations through the Flouting of Cooperative Principles in Popular Culture –House M.D. Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts, University of Bahrain (Master Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 240. September 2019, 1-50. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/th.240