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Doing Conversation Analysis

Doing Conversation Analysis

Second Edition

October 2007 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This Second Edition of Paul ten Have's now classic text on Doing Conversation Analysis has been substantially revised to bring the book up-to-date with the many changes that have occurred in Conversation Analysis over recent years.

The book has a dual purpose: to introduce the reader to Conversation Analysis (CA) as a specific research approach in the human sciences, and to provide students and novice researchers with methodological and practical suggestions for actually doing CA research.

The first part of the book sets out the core theoretical concepts that underpin CA and relates these to other approaches to qualitative analysis. The second and third parts detail the specifics of CA in its production of data, recordings, and transcripts, and its analytic strategies. The final part discusses ways in which CA can be 'applied' in the study of specific institutional settings and for practical or critical purposes.

The book has been written for an audience of advanced students and novice researchers and should be vital reading for anyone interested in discourse analysis, the analysis of talk-in-interaction, or in qualitative methodology in general.

Introducing the CA Paradigm
Three Exemplary Studies
Ideas and Evidence in CA Research
CA and Different Disciplinary Agendas
Collecting/Producing Recordings
Transcribing Talk-in-Interaction
Analytic Strategies
Elaborating the Analysis
Institutional Interaction
Local Rationalities, Formal Knowledge and Critical Concerns

Students have no access to much textbooks on qualitative research methods. After going through this text, I found it a very useful material for our students. I also feel that if it available in Nigeria market, students will find it accessible.

This is a useful material for both MPH and PhD students.

This course is a compulsory course for students at all levels and a key component for their research project/dissertation/thesis.

Dr Oluwafemi Dipeolu
Health , University of Ibadan
May 25, 2016

This is *the* book for introducing and getting to grips with conversation analysis. Accessible, comprehensive and very applied.

Mr Steven Wright
Division for Health Research, Lancaster University
December 11, 2012

This book is extremely enlightening and offers a great introduction for students wishing to look deeper into conversation analysis and we have added this as supplemental reading for students wishing to discover more in this particular area.

Mr Keith Ford
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
May 2, 2012

This is a clearly written book. It puts CA into perspective by presenting exemplary CA studies and differentiating CA from other approaches to discourse. It is full of advice concerning the technicalities of recording, transcription and analysis. It will be most useful to my students.

Dr Spiros Moschonas
Communication and Media, University of Athens
August 29, 2010

An excellent text for seniors and graduate students. Clear and effective.

Dr Alan Zemel
Culture Communications Dept, Drexel University
November 14, 2009

This second edition preserves the original 'practical' orientation and adapts the text to a broader introductory usage.

Specifically, changes include:

  • a new section on motives and requirements for doing CA in Chapter 1
  • a completely new chapter, Chapter 4, on CA as it can be related to various disciplinary and critical agendas, including ethnomethodology, membership categorization analysis, discursive psychology, and feminist studies.
  • lots of new examples and more recent references
  • coverage of new technologies
  • a new glossary of technical terms.

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