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Telling how texts talk: essays on reading and ethnomethodology

McHoul, A. (1982) Telling how texts talk: essays on reading and ethnomethodology. Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, England.

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Two distinct but related things are going on in these essays. They try to give specific instances of how ethnomethodological studies of a particular variety of social subject, 'readings', might get underway. In treating textual exchange, these essays make a small contribution towards the extension of ethnomethodology's scope - an extension into that sphere of interaction lying beyond the purely 'face-to-face' domain. This is certainly no unique step. Indeed a corpus of relevant materials has begun to emerge quite recently (particularly Psathas, 1979b; Schenkein, 1979; Anderson and Sharrock, 1979)(1) Giving instantiations of reading-analytic work in ethnomethodology is the first thing, then.

The second is to examine ethnomethodology's relation to 'textuality' more generally; to pose problems for its analytic practice, for its conception of 'science'/'theory' and for its reliance upon the 'methodic' as a real order of events; and to pose those problems in relation to questions of 'reading' and 'text'.

These two aspects of the work need not be seen as distinct.

Item Type: Book
Publisher: Routledge and Kegan Paul
Copyright: 1982 Alec McHoul
Notes: Series: The International library of phenomenology and moral sciences
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