Seizing the Moment: The Problem of Conversational Agency*

  title={Seizing the Moment: The Problem of Conversational Agency*},
  author={David R. Gibson},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={368 - 382}
In conversation, actors face constraints on when they can speak, whom they can address, what they can say, and what they can safely expect from others by way of cooperation. This is the backdrop against which people pursue their idiosyncratic interests and objectives, success at which constitutes conversational agency. In principle, agency is made possible by the “looseness” of conversational constraints. This does not create a clear path for the advancement of personal ends, however, since… 

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