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

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Talk and Social Theory will be an essential text for students of sociolinguistics and the analysis of discourse in conversation.

  • introduces the study of 'talk' linked to social theory;
  • develops a new theoretical argument that reviews the relations between local social practices and general societal processes of talk;
  • the use of everyday examples - a family dinner table, a school classroom, an academic advising session in an community college - enhances the book’s appeal to a non-specialist as well as a specialist audience;
  • reviews the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in social theory and in the sociolinguistic study of talk.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This latest book by Erickson addresses an issue that is verytimely and topical ... the puzzle it seeks to crack is one that haslong haunted researchers in social sciences and relatedareas."

Journal of Sociolinguistics

"I cannot think of another social science scholar who has donemore to move qualitative research and methodology in creativedirections…among the most important contributions to socialtheory in recent years."

Regina Smardon, University of Pennsylvania

"Frederick Erickson is someone who illuminates details of talkand interaction. More than that, he illuminates where we stand inmaking sense of human life in terms of social theory. This is abook not to be missed."

Dell Hymes, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745624716
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Erickson is George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents




PART ONE: Examples of the conduct of talk.

1. Sketching the terrain.

2. Seventy-five dollars goes in a day.

3. I can make a "P".

4. You wrestlin’?.

5. He has no history of IVDA.

PART TWO: Thinking about talk and social theory.

6. General perspectives on talk and social theory.

7 Toward a more practical theory of practices in talk.

8 Summing up.

Further Reading.



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