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What are we doing when we analyse conversation?

McHoul, A. (2009) What are we doing when we analyse conversation? Australian Journal of Communication, 36 (3). pp. 15-21.

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Here I offer a reminder of some of the phenomenological and ethnomethodological roots of conversation analysis (CA) in the form of a set of 'field propositions'. Over the years, CA has certainly 'branched out' from those roots. However, I believe a reminder is timely if we are to prevent a drift towards a rather mechanistic approach to the study of everyday cultural objects such as conversations and their ilk.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Queensland Institute of Technology. Communication Institute
Copyright: 2009 The Author
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