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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

By way of asking the world over revered students from quite a number traditions in discourse reports to reply to an identical interview fabric, this ebook unearths key variations in method and theoretical standpoint. using interviews to discover attitudes in the direction of race permit members to elevate delicate matters concerning the improvement and interpretation of interviews on arguable themes.

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From this general perspective, my form of analysis, or any analysis that studies “racist discourse,” risks three basic mistakes. First, analyses that work across large samples and reach general conclusions about the patterning of racist discourse in a community are in danger of ignoring the specificity of the local and immediate discursive contexts. These analyses involve working at quite a high level of abstractness and generality. Prevalent constructions and versions are summarized with some attention Racism and the analysis of cultural resources in interviews 23 to how they are typically organized in rhetorical activities such as “discrediting,” but they are not studied in terms of the specific conversational activities evident on each occasion of use.

The latter are mostly casual-looking tokens, such as the pervasive “you know” (lines 1, 15, and 25). There are also a couple of uses of “I know” (lines 1 and 19). I take it that there is a face-value relevance, in any study of attitudinal or race-prejudice-relevant talk, of how people invoke psychological reactions to, or assessments of, racially categorized events. Extract 1, and the talk that precedes it, deals with a question posed by the interviewer of what R thinks of the recent increased emphasis on Maori culture and language in the schools.

They are worked up as an appropriate and effective turn in a conversation according to what is going on, but speakers do not invent these resources each time. The argumentative fabric of society is continually shaping and transforming, but for recognizable periods it is the same kind of cloth. Such resources are both independent of local talk in a limited sense and need to be continually instantiated through that talk. In effect, analysis proceeds through two related movements. One is the identification and analysis of pattern (cultural resources), while the other 14 Margaret Wetherell is theorizing and explaining this pattern.

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