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Author Buttny, Richard

Title Talking problems : studies of discursive construction / Richard Buttny
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 214 pages)
Series SUNY series in communication studies
SUNY series in communication studies
Contents Ascribing problems and positionings in talking student teenage parent -- Clients' and therapist's joint construction of the clients' problems -- Therapeutic humor in retelling the clients' tellings -- Reported speech in talking race on campus -- Demanding respect : the uses of reported speech in discursive constructions of interracial contact, with Princess L. Williams -- Discursive constructions of racial boundaries and self-segregation on campus
Summary "Using discursive constructionism and conversation analysis, Talking Problems examines how participants orient to, communicate about, and act toward events as problems. The book examines a series of problems, including teenage parenthood in high school, interpersonal and family relationships during therapy, and racism and interracial relations on a university campus. These problems are taken as joint constructions and the interest is in how participants' versions of events get heard, what unfolds as a consequence of this, how participants position themselves, and what social realities are thereby created."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-206) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Discourse analysis
Interpersonal communication
Social interaction
Oral communication
Discourse analysis.
Interpersonal communication.
Oral communication.
Social interaction.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1417575697 (electronic bk.)
9781417575695 (electronic bk.)
9780791458952 (alk. paper)
0791458954 (alk. paper)
(pbk. ; alk. paper)