Talk and Social Theory: Ecologies of Speaking and Listening in Everyday Life / Edition 1

Talk and Social Theory: Ecologies of Speaking and Listening in Everyday Life / Edition 1

by Frederick Erickson
     
 

Talk and Social Theory is an inportant contribution to our understanding of everyday talk and its relation to broader social processes. Talk is unique and locally produced, crafted by particular social actors for the specific situation of its use. Yet the conduct of such talk is profoundly influenced by, and influential upon, social and cultural processes thatSee more details below

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Talk and Social Theory is an inportant contribution to our understanding of everyday talk and its relation to broader social processes. Talk is unique and locally produced, crafted by particular social actors for the specific situation of its use. Yet the conduct of such talk is profoundly influenced by, and influential upon, social and cultural processes that occur beyond the temporal and spatial horizon of the occasion of the talk itself. Drawing on and criticizing social theory, Erickson explores the mutually reinforcing connections between the local conduct of talk and the general working of society, economy, and history.

The use of everyday examples enhances the appeal of Talk and Social Theory to a non-specialist as well as a specialist audience. Written in a clear and comprehensible way, it reviews key theoretical prospectives and conceptual frameworks in social theory and in the sociolinguistic study of talk. It concludes with an argument against overly determinist accounts of talk as social action, in the interest of better construction of social theory and better empirical study of talk.

This book will be an essential text for students of sociolinguistics and the analysis of discourse in conversation. It will also be of interest to students in sociology, anthropology, social theory, education, linguistics, applied linguistics, and anyone concerned with the nature and uses of language in social interaction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745624709
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/31/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IExamples of the conduct of talk1
1Sketching the terrain3
2Seventy-five dollars goes in a day22
3I can make a "P"53
4You wrestlin'?72
5He has no history of IVDA86
Excursus : the cases in synoptic review101
Pt. IIThinking about talk and social theory105
6General perspectives on talk and social theory107
7Toward a more practical theory134
8Summing up175

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