This chapter concerns the accountability of human conduct in interaction with reference to social actions that can be considered “solidarity enhancing” because they are supportive or harmonious and potentially beneficial to their recipients. The starting point is the author’s earlier study (Maynard, 2013) concerning a predominant use of I-mean prefaced utterances to defend complaining types of social actions. The current chapter shows a different, but related, use of I-mean utterances. Whereas complaints are “dispreferred” social actions, a small group of I-mean utterances turned up in the environment of “preferred” ones, such as praise, invitations, offers to help, etc. However, the initial formulation of such solidarity enhancing actions may turn out to be inapposite and self-attentive. I-mean utterances may then be used to defend these actions by tacitly rendering them to be more apposite and other-attentive than their initial formulation.
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