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Structures of Social Action : Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction - J. Maxwell Atkinson

Structures of Social Action

Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction

By: J. Maxwell Atkinson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd June 1985
ISBN: 9780521318624
Number Of Pages: 464

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The approach and findings of conversation analysis are having a growing impact across a range of social and behavioural science disciplines. This book reflects recent developments and current interests in the field by bringing together thirteen original papers by its leading American and British researchers. They report empirical findings from studies of audio- and video taped recordings of naturally occurring interaction in a variety of conversational and other contexts. Also included are two previously unpublished papers by the late Harvey Sacks, whose work has been highly influencial in shaping the field. The collection represents the most comprehensive statement yet to be published on this type of research. It begins with a general introductory section in which the theoretical and methodological foundations of conversation analysis are outlined. Subsequent chapters focus on the workings of particular sequences of interaction and develop some of the main themes to have emerged from previous research. These include the organization of preference, topic, 'nonvocal' activities, and apparently spontaneous responses such as laughter and applause. This book will be a valuable resource for all those interested in the study of social interaction and language use, as well as the research applications of audio- and video-recording technology in related fields throughout the human sciences.

Industry Reviews

' ... an excellent contribution to a rapidly growing field, which is extremely important to a very wide range of disciplines.' Steven Levinson, University of Cambridge 'This will become the standard work on conversation analysis. No one reading it will be able to doubt the basic importance of the research reported therein to sociology and linguistics.' Anthony Giddens, University of Cambridge 'This excellent summary of conversation analysts' theoretical accomplishments lays bare the interactive, and therefore incontrovertibly social, nature of understanding in face-to-face encounters. It is the clearest and most explicit statement yet of the context-bound, sequentially ordered inferential processes that both constrain and make possible human understanding.' John Gumperz, University of California, Berkeley

Transcript notation
Notes on methodology
On some questions and ambiguities in conversation
Preference Organization
Agreeing and disagreeing with assessments: some features of preferred/dispreferred turn shapes
Subsequent versions of invitations, offers, requests, and proposals, dealing with potential or actual rejection
Speakers' reportings in invitation sequences
Pursuing a response
Topic Organization
Generating topic: the use of topic initial elicitors
On stepwise transition from talk about a trouble to inappropriately next-positioned matters
The Integration of Talk With Nonvocal Activities
Notes on story structure and the organization of participation
Talk and recipiency: sequential organization in speech and body movement
On some gestures' relation to talk
Aspects of Response
A change-of-state token and aspects of its sequential placement
On the organization of laughter in talk about troubles
Public speaking and audience responses: some techniques for inviting applause
Everyday Activities as Sociological Phenomena
On doing 'being ordinary'
Subject index
Index of names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521318624
ISBN-10: 0521318629
Series: Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 3rd June 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.68

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