Time to get up compliance-gaining in a Japanese eldercare facility

Peter Backhaus*

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This paper looks at compliance-gaining interaction in a Japanese elderly care facility from a conversation analytical point of view. Focus is on the various ways compliance is sought for by the caring staff with getting the residents out of bed and starting the daily morning care procedures. Three extracts are discussed in detail. The analysis shows how the residents in all three cases display clear signs of resistance to get up, but finally have to submit to the planned course of actions pursued by the care workers. A closer look at how this is played out in interaction suggests that the residents' compliance is enforced rather than gained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-89
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Asian Pacific Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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