Analysing Practical and Professional Texts: A Naturalistic by Rod Watson

By Rod Watson

Analysing sensible Texts specializes in texts as parts of human utilization, displaying how written records and different 'texts' are essential to social association. It unearths social association itself to be not just textually-mediated in nature, but in addition textually-constituted, exhibiting how texts - expert, technical or in a different way - in addition to numerous social-scientific methodologies hire the assets of standard language. Theoretically refined and illustrated with empirical examples, this booklet can be of curiosity not just to these with pursuits in ethnomethodology and dialog research, but in addition to social scientists and anthropologists fascinated by textual content research, textual experience and the 'linguistic flip' within the equipment in their personal disciplines.

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The twinned parts of the pair are i) a given printed text and ii) the “lived work” or experiential practices of reading of just that particular text, in just these circumstances, here and now. In this respect, reading is not just a general or diffuse activity: it is one that is specifically addressed to just this text now, in these particular circumstances. Consequently, texts-as-read comprise a single unit, a single object of our analytic attention. To analytically focus on one half rather than the other would be to wrest that half out of the context that gives it its specific sense “there and then”.

An ethnographic report, to be published) and what enablements and constraints does the event afford its textual embedding? Crucially, what is the locally-specific occasioning context for such an installation? I wish to explicate the procedural apparatus through which these two ethnographers have generated their interpretations (as we read them) and installed “events-in-the-world” into their texts. In claiming this, we should note that we are performing an analysis which is not explicitly performed by the ethnographers themselves.

Even if Meehan’s considerations do apply what is the particular “mix” of these considerations in this case? In this, ethnomethodologists let the data in its local incarnation set the terms of the analysis, and textual analysis, ethnomethodologically conceived, can certainly 34 Analysing Practical and Professional Texts be no exception. Perhaps uniquely in social science, the analytic mentality of ethnomethodology can utterly counter what Ludwig Wittgenstein (speaking of philosophy) termed “the contemptuous attitude towards the particular case”.

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