"This is the book for introducing and getting to grips with conversation analysis. Accessible, comprehensive and very applied."
- Steven Wright, Lancaster University
"A clearly written book. It puts CA into perspective by presenting exemplary studies and differentiating CA from other approaches to discourse. It is full of advice concerning the technicalities of recording, transcription and analysis. It will be most useful to my students."
- Spiros Moschonas, University of Athens
The Second Edition of Paul ten Have's classic text Doing Conversation Analysis has been substantially revised to bring the book up-to-date with the many changes that have occurred in conversation analysis over recent years.
The book has a dual purpose: to introduce the reader to conversation analysis (CA) as a specific research approach in the human sciences, and to provide students and novice researchers with methodological and practical suggestions for actually doing CA research.
The first part of the book sets out the core theoretical concepts that underpin CA and relates these to other approaches to qualitative analysis. The second and third parts detail the specifics of CA in its production of data, recordings and transcripts, and its analytic strategies. The final part discusses ways in which CA can be 'applied' in the study of specific institutional settings and for practical or critical purposes.
Paul ten Have is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His recent publications include Doing Conversation Analysis: A Practical Guide(Sage, 1999) and "Structuring Writing for Reading: Hypertext and the Reading Body" (Human Studies22, 1999).
PART ONE: CONSIDERING CA Introducing the CA Paradigm Three Exemplary Studies Ideas and Evidence in CA Research CA and Different Disciplinary Agendas PART TWO: PRODUCING DATA Collecting/Producing Recordings Transcribing Talk-in-Interaction PART THREE: ANALYSING DATA Analytic Strategies Elaborating the Analysis PART FOUR: APPLIED CA Institutional Interaction Local Rationalities, Formal Knowledge and Critical Concerns