Establishing social groups in Hebrew
This chapter explores the Hebrew <i>anaxnu</i> (‘we’) in Israeli political radio phone-in programs. Using the ‘we,’ participants create or refer to seven social groups: the conversation ‘we’; the program ‘we’; the delimited social ‘we’; the opposing general ‘we’, the open general ‘we’; the humanity ‘we’; and the vocal ‘we’. The functions of ‘we’ differ by participant: hosts use the conversation ‘we’ to manage interactions whereas callers use the general ‘we’ to create a public sphere. Using an extended excerpt, we illustrate a variant of the “fluidity of ‘we’” and its significance to the participants’ identity-displays. The first person plural therefore creates social groups in media interactions, both on the micro and macro societal levels.