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Rautiainen I. (2021) Talk and Action as Discourse in UN Military Observer Course: Routines and Practices of Navigation. In: Chiluwa I. (eds) Discourse and Conflict. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Talk and action as discourse in UN military observer course : routines and practices of navigation

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Author: Rautiainen, Iira1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-09-23


This chapter examines navigation and navigational routines as social and interactional activities in patrolling exercises in United Nations military observer (UNMO) training, showing how navigating is more than getting from point A to point B. The data come from two multinational MO courses where English is used as working language and lingua franca. By using navigation as an entry point to examine talk and interaction in patrol vehicles, this chapter illustrates how collaborative practices are created through performance of individual actions and their reiteration. Successful navigation provides anticipatory information for the team related to their route and position that can be used as a tool for making and reporting observations, and verbalises the location, thereby creating shared situational awareness. Navigation is also important for safety. The study offers insights on social and interactional activity in teamwork and the impact that team members’ actions have on collaborative work. The results can be utilised to further develop MO training, but they also benefit other simulated and practice-based training.

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ISBN: 978-3-030-76485-2
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-76484-5
Pages: 381 - 412
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-76485-2_14
Host publication: Discourse and conflict : analysing text and talk of conflict, hate and peace-building
Host publication editor: Chiluwa, Innocent
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: This research was supported by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Academy of Finland (project numbers 287219 and 322199).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 287219
Detailed Information: 287219 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
322199 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Discourse and Conflict. The final authenticated version is available online at