Analyzing Race Talk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the by Harry van den Berg, Margaret Wetherell, Hanneke

By Harry van den Berg, Margaret Wetherell, Hanneke Houtkoop-Steenstra

Via asking the world over revered students from a variety of traditions in discourse reviews to answer a similar interview fabric, this ebook finds key transformations in technique and theoretical viewpoint. using interviews to discover attitudes in the direction of race enable members to raise delicate concerns concerning the improvement and interpretation of interviews on debatable issues.

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Whether this is a more ethical procedure than “friendly interviewing” and producing the most caring and constructive response to those who have agreed to help you with your research is a matter of debate. It would make the position of the interviewer more comfortable certainly, but it violates the implicit contract and expectations of those about to be interviewed. It is also problematic when interviews take place in people’s homes and are seen as an act of hospitality. Complicity, invisibility, and lack of authenticity might be the price one pays for the privileges of the ethnographer.

They were contradictions only on the normative assumptions of mindmapping and world-mapping, where a statement about X in one context ought logically, or morally, to be the same as a statement about X in another. If we examine talk for the situated actions it performs, then inconsistencies and contradictions are best used as potential paths into those actions for analysts, rather than as the basic phenomena themselves, or analytic conclusions about those phenomena. The third point, regarding methodological/theoretical orientation, is that mind–world issues are at stake, topicalized, managed, and so on, as part of talk’s routine business, pervasively and generally, in talk of all kinds, and not just on sensitive social issues.

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