This presentation is part of a broader project on resistance in family interactions, however in this talk the focus is exclusively on resistance to threats. When a first action is produced, a fitted (or ‘aligned’) response is made relevant. In the case of threats, when a threat has been issued the fitted response options are to comply or defy (Hepburn & Potter 2011). This paper explores resistance as a disaligned next turn (see Kent 2011; 2012). Resistance is an alternative to responding to an action which allows non-compliance with the action, but without explicitly being defiant. In the family interactions presented in this talk, threat recipients do not explicitly defy threats, but instead, they resist compliance with them.
This talk examines how threat recipients use resistance to avoid compliance by exploring the relationship between linguistic structure and action formation in producing and resisting threats. Through the analysis of the design on the turn, the sequential organisation of the threat sequence, the sequential context, and the context of the interaction, we can see how interactants are able to identify actions-in-progress and resist compliance, in some cases before the first component of the threat is complete.