Proselyting in First-contact Situations as an Instructed Action

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Title:Proselyting in First-contact Situations as an Instructed Action
Creators:
Sherman, Tamah; tamah dot sherman at ff dot cuni dot cz; Faculty of Arts Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 46, 6, pp. 977-1010
Uncontrolled Keywords:missionaries, LDS Church, instructed actions, proselyting, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis

Abstract

Drawing on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, this study examines the phenomenon of proselyting in first-contact public situations as conducted, learned, continually developed, and reflected by American Mormon missionaries from the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in the Czech Republic, with a focus on first-contact public proselyting (FCPP) encounters. Proselyting is analysed as an instructed action and as a situation in which one party is initially aware of the category of encounter which is to take place, while the other party (or parties) is not, and it is necessary to create the particular type of encounter and then to execute it in some effective and beneficial way as defined by the first party. I examine the types of order to which both parties orient in these situations, i.e. local and extended sequential order, topical order, and categorial order, as they are layered in the doing of the instructed action. The findings demonstrate that, as opposed to the lay perception that religious missionaries simply recite learned passages and phrases in doing their proselyting work, their activities in fact involve complex sequences of communicative work which require the utilisation of experience, tacit knowledge, and creativity. In addition, while it is possible to flesh out and describe a clear sequence of phases in FCPP encounters which, from the outsider’s perspective, constitute proselyting, there is little which otherwise differentiates it from other types of activities involving talk.

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Title:Proselyting in First-contact Situations as an Instructed Action
Creators:
Sherman, Tamah; tamah dot sherman at ff dot cuni dot cz; Faculty of Arts Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:missionaries, LDS Church, instructed actions, proselyting, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:46
Number:6
Page Range:pp. 977-1010
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:6643
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:10 Jun 2011 16:01
Last Modified:10 Jun 2011 14:01

Citation

Sherman, Tamah (2010) Proselyting in First-contact Situations as an Instructed Action. Czech Sociological Review, 46 (6). pp. 977-1010. ISSN 0038-0288

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