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.
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.