Pragmatic Apparatus – Establishing jointness in proximal multiparty decision-making: The case of collaborative writing

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by SimonMagnusson

Ascertaining jointness in decision-making requires the recipients of proposals to extend the base sequence of proposal-acceptance and make room for displays of agreement. However, the extension takes different forms, depending on the number of participants receiving a proposal and when the decision is to be carried out. On the basis of video-recordings from a participatory democracy workshop, the act of collaborative writing was used to observe how proximal proposals are transformed into joint decisions. The analysis reveals that displays of access and agreement to the proposal are achieved in a distributed manner among the participants. The access component is expanded to contain actions that delimit the content and scope of the proposal. These meta-decisions then result in a writable produced by someone other than the proposer to whom agreement is displayed. Given the proximal nature of the decision-making, commitment to future action can be bypassed. Instead, execution of the decision is deployed in a manner that retrospectively presents the sequence as a joint one. The study demonstrates the significance of the temporal, social, and material aspects associated with proposing and achieving jointness in multiparty proximal decisions.

Publication: Journal of Pragmatics (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: August 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Joint decision-making, Multiparty interaction, Proximal proposals, Collaborative writing, Agreement, Execution, Multimodality, Participatory democracy (Plenty more sections, figures and references in this article)

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