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Invited and uninvited applause in political speeches

Bull, P. (2003) Invited and uninvited applause in political speeches. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (3). pp. 563-578. ISSN 0144-6665

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According to Atkinson (e.g. 1983, 1984a, 1984b), a limited range of rhetorical devices are consistently used by political speakers to invite audience applause. A detailed review is presented of the research literature relevant to Atkinson's analysis, including a series of evaluative studies conducted by the author. From this review, it is argued that Atkinson overestimated the role of rhetorical devices in inviting applause and underestimated the significance of other features, such as asynchronous applause, speech delivery, speech content and uninvited applause. To integrate these features, a re-conceptualisation is presented of how audience applause occurs in political speeches, based on a fundamental distinction between invited and uninvited applause.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009 15:46
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2009 15:46
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/014466605X55440
Status: Published
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Identification Number: 10.1348/014466605X55440
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5770

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