A Problem Aired: Radio Therapeutic Discourse and Modes of Subjection

  • Ian Hodges


A theory-driven analysis (cf. Foucault, 1992) of therapeutic discourse which draws upon conversational analytic principles is presented using selected excerpts from a radio phone-in counselling broadcast. It is argued that the discursive techniques identified within the broadcast accomplish a reshaping of the caller’s account of their problem at the moment it is told. It is suggested that this reformulation should be conceptualised as a mode of subjection, operating upon callers’ self-identity and self-expectations — that is therapeutic discourse should be understood as ethical in operation.


Conversation Analysis Everyday Conversation Discursive Process Directive Element Previous Speaker 
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  • Ian Hodges
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  1. 1.University of WestminsterUK

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