Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis

Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis

by David J. Silverman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195214730

ISBN-13: 9780195214734

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Harvey Sacks's early death in 1975 robbed the social sciences of one of its most original thinkers. Although he published relatively little in his lifetime, his lectures and papers were enormously influential in sociology and sociolinguistics, and they played a major role in the development of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. The recent publication of

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Harvey Sacks's early death in 1975 robbed the social sciences of one of its most original thinkers. Although he published relatively little in his lifetime, his lectures and papers were enormously influential in sociology and sociolinguistics, and they played a major role in the development of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. The recent publication of Sacks's Lectures on Conversation has provided an excellent opportunity for a wide-ranging reassessment of his contribution.

In this new book, David Silverman provides a clear introduction to Sacks's work and reassesses its value for sociology, linguistics, anthropology, and psychology. Using a variety of examples, he explains Sacks's ideas on method, language and talk-interaction. He argues that Sack's work offers a highly original perspective on language and social life and raises fundamental questions for the social sciences—questions which, after more than twenty years, remain vitally important and largely unanswered.

Written in a lively and accessible way, this book will be of particular interest to students of sociology, sociolinguistics, social theory and method, but it will also be of interest to students and researchers in anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195214734
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

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