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Analysing Practical and Professional Texts focuses on texts as constituents of human usage, showing how written documents and other 'texts' are integral to social organization. It reveals social organization itself to be not only textually-mediated in nature, but also textually-constituted, showing how texts - professional, technical or otherwise - as well as various social-scientific methodologies employ the resources of ordinary language. Theoretically sophisticated and illustrated with empirical examples, this book will be of interest not only to those with interests in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, but also to social scientists and anthropologists concerned with text analysis, textual sense and the 'linguistic turn' in the methods of their own disciplines.
Rod Watson is Research Associate at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Linguistique et Sociolinguistique at the Institut Marcel Mauss, Paris, France
Contents: Introduction; The ethnomethodological analysis of texts and reading; 'Going for brothers' in Black American speech: making textual sense of analytic observations of Black ghetto culture in the USA; The textual representation of Nacirema culture; The textual incarnation of sociological analysis: the case of Erving Goffman's writings; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.
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