Emma Tennent

Victimhood and the delivery of telephone-mediated social support.


Emma is interested in the ways politics intersect with people’s everyday lives. Her current research examines the way people understand the meaning of victimhood on calls to a victim helpline. Emma hopes to feedback research findings to help the charity Victim Support improve the services they provide to the community.


BA English Literature and Psychology
BSC Hons. Psychology

Research Interests

Social interaction, gender, language, feminism, victimhood, conversation analysis


Tennent, E. (in press). “It’s not exactly a crime”: Help-seeking and gate-keeping in calls for victim support. Discourse and Society.

Tennent, E. & Weatherall, A. (in press). Disclosing violence in calls for help. Gender & Language.

Tennent, E. & Weatherall, A. (in press). Feminist Conversation Analysis: Examining violence against women. In J. Baxter & Jo. Angouri (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality.

Tennent, E., & Jackson, S. (2017) “Exciting” and “borderline offensive”: bloggers, binaries and celebrity feminism. Feminist Media Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1391858

Tennent, E. (2016, December 14). [Review of the book The Fashioned Body: Fashion, Dress & Modern Social Theory, by J. Entwistle.] Feminism & Psychology. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353516682662

Tennent, E. & Germann, N. (2016, February). Telephone helplines and the delivery of social support. Poster presented at Summer Gold Competition, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

PhD topic

Victimhood and the delivery of telephone-mediated social support