Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis

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Oxford University, 1998 - Philosophy - 222 pages
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Harvey Sacks's early death in 1975 robbed the social sciences of one of its most original thinkers. Although he published relatively little in his lifetime, his lectures and papers were enormously influential in sociology and sociolinguistics, and they played a major role in the development of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. The recent publication of Sacks's Lectures on Conversation has provided an excellent opportunity for a wide-ranging reassessment of his contribution.

In this new book, David Silverman provides a clear introduction to Sacks's work and reassesses its value for sociology, linguistics, anthropology, and psychology. Using a variety of examples, he explains Sacks's ideas on method, language and talk-interaction. He argues that Sack's work offers a highly original perspective on language and social life and raises fundamental questions for the social sciences--questions which, after more than twenty years, remain vitally important and largely unanswered.

Written in a lively and accessible way, this book will be of particular interest to students of sociology, sociolinguistics, social theory and method, but it will also be of interest to students and researchers in anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines.
 

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Contents

An Intellectual Biography
22
Social Science
43
Method
58
Membership Categorization Analysis
74
Conversation Analysis
98
Using Membership Categorization Analysis
128
Using Conversation Analysis
153
Sackss Legacy
180
Simplified Transcription Symbols and Selected
197
References
211
Name Index
218
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David Silverman is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths' College, London.

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