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(Non)Compliance with directives among family and friends: responding to social pressure and individual wants

Placencia, Maria Elena (2008) (Non)Compliance with directives among family and friends: responding to social pressure and individual wants. Intercultural Pragmatics 5 (3), pp. 315-344. ISSN 1612-295X.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/IPRG.2008.015

Abstract

This study explores how middle-class Quiteños respond to certain convivial directives among family and friends that they are unable or unwilling to comply with. It examines some of the strategies which Quiteños employ to deal with the tensions that can arise from two conflicting forces: social pressure and individual wants. Close ties among family members and intimate friends often make refusals to certain directives difficult, so that people feel obliged to comply because of el compromiso (social) (i.e., the obligation that relations of kin or friendship impose). On the other hand, when there is less closeness, token acceptances and avoidance strategies may be employed for face-saving purposes. Both sets of behavior (compliance and non-compliance) are interpreted in terms of the underlying interpersonal ideology of connectedness (Fitch 1998) that seems to operate in Quiteño society. Within this ideology, relationships can take precedence over the individual's own desires; if however, the bonds are less strong, people find ways of responding to social pressure without actually acting contrary to their own wishes.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2011 11:12
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 13:03
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2959

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