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Analyzing Talk in the Social Sciences: Narrative, Conversation and Discourse Strategies

by Katherine Bischoping and Amber Gazso SAGE Publications Ltd
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Talk is one of the main resources available to qualitative researchers. It offers rich, meaningful data that can provide real insights and new perspectives. But once you have the data how do you select an appropriate means of analysis? How do you ensure that the approach you adopt is the best for your project and your data? The book will help you choose the method of qualitative analysis that best suits your research; it walks you through key decisions, provides actionable strategies and highlights the advantages and challenges of the main approaches. It is packed full of real examples designed to showcase the different tools you might use to meet your own objectives. Each section of the book focuses on one popular approach to analysing talk-based data: Narrative AnalysisConversation Analysis Discourse Analysis Taken together they will help you to fine-tune the link between your primary research question and your methods; ensure that your theoretical stance fits with your methods; and organizes your analysis in a way that will be recognizable to the intellectual communities of narrative, conversation, or discourse analysts. This book is both starting point and map for anyone looking to strategically and purposefully analyse talk data.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Broad Strokes Approaches to Narrative Analysis
Chapter 3: Fine-Grained Analyses of Meaning
Chapter 4: The Interview in Narrative Analysis
Chapter 5 : The Basics of Conversation Analysis
Chapter 6: Conversation Analysis Approaches to Social Categories
Chapter 7: Institutional Talk-in-Interaction
Chapter 8: The Interview in Conversation Analysis
Chapter 9: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Chapter 10: Critical Discourse Analysis
Chapter 11: Garden-Variety Discourse Analysis
Chapter 12: The Interview in Discourse Analysis
Chapter 13: Conclusion

The main merit of this book is that it demonstrates how the choice for each of these strategies is related to ontological (what can be known) and epistemological (how we know) principles. The authors succeed with brilliance in order to untangle these Gordian knots for novice researchers by conveying the concrete application of relevant analytical concepts in a very clear way. Thanks to the accessible, pleasant writing style, anyone who wants a general overview of the most common methods in Na, CA and DA, can read this work smoothly from start to finish.