Social Accountability In Communication

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Much of our talk revolves around accounting for our own and other people's actions. We praise one person and blame another, justify our own actions, speculate on motives, tell and retell problematic events. This book draws upon speech communication, sociology and social psychology to offer an original and interdisciplinary approach to such accounts. Richard Buttny examines social accountability within communication contexts that range from a therapy session to welfare and broadcast news interviews, from everyday ...
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Overview

Much of our talk revolves around accounting for our own and other people's actions. We praise one person and blame another, justify our own actions, speculate on motives, tell and retell problematic events. This book draws upon speech communication, sociology and social psychology to offer an original and interdisciplinary approach to such accounts. Richard Buttny examines social accountability within communication contexts that range from a therapy session to welfare and broadcast news interviews, from everyday conversation to discussions in a Zen monastery. Throughout his wide-ranging analysis of accounts talk, he integrates conversation analytic methods with social constructionism. Fluently written, Social Accountability in Communication is a comprehensive and accessible work which will be essential reading for students and academics interested in language and social interaction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803983069
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Buttny is Associate Professor in the speech communication department at Syracuse University

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction and Preview: Social Accountability and the Practical Necessity for Accounts 1
2 A Reading of the Accounts Literature 13
3 A Conversation Analytic Constructionist Perspective on Accounts 35
4 Accounts Analysis: Methods and Methodological Issues 53
5 Blame-Accounts Sequences in Couple Therapy: Accountability for Relational Problems 66
6 Discursive Affect in Situations of Social Accountability 85
7 The Social Accountability of Zen Understanding: Teacher-Student Interviews in a North American Zen Monastery 105
8 Social Accountability Practices during a Welfare Interview: Diverging Accounts, Repeated Problems, and Ascriptions of Responsibility 127
9 Accounts and Accountability Practices in News Interviews 142
10 Conclusion: Social Accountability Practices in Contexts 161
Appendix 172
References 174
Index 185
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