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Explanations identify causes, back up claims and justify actions. Social scientists study them because they reveal how people understand and construct their worlds. This stimulating book offers a critical review of the major approaches to the study of everyday explaining and arguing.
Using concrete examples to illuminate the range of contemporary approaches, Antaki's concern is to test theory against practice. He draws a picture of explanation as a richly social achievement of speaker and audience, involving a balance between delicate manoeuvre and the exercise of discursive power.
|4||Explanations in Exoneration||43|
|8||Making Claims in Logic and Rhetoric||139|
|9||Backing Claims in Quarrels||163|
|10||Conclusion: Explaining and Arguing in Participants' Own Words||187|