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By Georgia Lepper

This is often the 1st functional ebook on tips on how to follow Harvey Sacks' club categorization research strategy, an more and more influential technique for dialog research. Categorization research is a technique for the learn of located social motion and gives a complementary option to the normal sequential research utilized in the examine of evidently taking place speak and textual content.

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Being interested in a girl), while he weakens the force of the utterance, which could be heard as implying a ’compliment’. In the case of this question and answer exchange from the group therapy session, Sacks shows how the group member’s choice of categories allows for a ’safe’ reply - yes, I do miss her, but it could be anyone of the opposite sex, in any place. Location categories One of the first important papers to build on Sacks’ formulation of rules of categorization was a paper written by Schegloff, entitled ’Notes on a conversational practice: formulating place’ (1972).

The context of the talk is a discussion between the teenage members of a therapy group, and it follows the intro› duction by the therapist of a new member - another teenager - to the other group members. Sacks used data from this therapy group extensively in his lectures. One of the things Sacks hoped to be able to achieve with his method of analysing conversation was a rigorous way of recognizing and predicting members’ activities. In the case of this group therapy session, it may well have been a matter of importance to all concerned to tell whether this new member was being ’invited’ or ’rejected’ by the group.

Notice the applications of the consistency rule: the membership category ’black people’ is invoked to attach blame within the device ’race’ and (by implication - ’black people come here’ - immigrants) as a means of assembling the (blaming) version of society - ’it’s disgusting (how the country is run) disgusting’. By invok› ing one category, a collection is implicated (the ’economy rule’) - a rule of application which has implications for the construction of any moral account/moral blame: once one member of a device is implicated, the categorization of that member may be generalized to all the members of the device (’race’ or ’immigrants’).

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