Explaining One's Self To Others: Reason-giving in A Social Context

Explaining One's Self To Others: Reason-giving in A Social Context

by Margaret L. McLaughlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805807993

ISBN-13: 9780805807998

Pub. Date: 05/01/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

To date, the study of communicated explanations has been, at best, unsystematic. There has been little recognition that many, if not most, explanations are eventually delivered to a hearer or hearers. These potential audiences constrain the way the explanation is ultimately shaped. Similarly, researchers have devoted themselves to the study of "accounts," for the

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To date, the study of communicated explanations has been, at best, unsystematic. There has been little recognition that many, if not most, explanations are eventually delivered to a hearer or hearers. These potential audiences constrain the way the explanation is ultimately shaped. Similarly, researchers have devoted themselves to the study of "accounts," for the most part without an accompanying interest in the fundamental processes of event comprehension. This volume is devoted to bridging the gap between these two traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805807998
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/1992
Series:
Routledge Communication Series
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Pt. IThe Nature of Social Explanations1
1Constructing Accounts: The Role of Explanatory Coherence3
2The Use of Prototypical Explanations in First- and Third-Person Accounts21
3The Study of Causal Explanation in Natural Language: Analyzing Reports of the Challenger Disaster in the New York Times41
4An Economy of Explanations61
5Lay Explanations83
6A Conversation Approach to Explanation, with Emphasis on Politeness and Accounting105
7Excuses in Everyday Interaction131
Pt. IIExplanations and Social Contexts147
8Legal Fictions: Telling Stories and Doing Justice149
9The Account Episode in Close Relationships167
10Explanation as Legitimation: Excuse-Making in Organizations183
11Alternative Knowledge Sources in Explanations of Racist Events199
12The Social-Interactive Aspects of Account-Giving225
13Storytelling as Collaborative Reasoning: Co-Narratives in Incest Case Accounts245
14What Went Wrong: Communicating Accounts of Relationship Conflict261
15Accounting for Failure to Follow Advice: Real Reasons Versus Good Explanations281
Author Index295
Subject Index305

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