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A Foucault Primer: Discourse, Power and the Subject
Who are we today? That deceptively simple question continued to be asked by the French historian and philosopher, Michel Foucault, who for the last three decades has had a profound influence on
The organization of turns at formal talk in the classroom
Beginning with a consideration of some commonsense and professional conceptions of what a formal situation might comprise, this paper goes on to ask the question: where along a linear array which has
The organization of repair in classroom talk
This article is a conversation-analytic investigation of the forms of organization that allow specific items of classroom discourse – words, phrases, up to whole turns at talk – to be altered by
A case of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis: Sir Karl and Francis B. slug it out on the consulting room floor
Drawing upon Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis, and in the frame of what is currently called discursive psychology, we open up a significant macro-social problem - indeed a global
How to Analyse Talk in Institutional Settings: A Casebook of Methods
Three approaches to analyzing institutional talk are introduced by internationally-recognized experts: Conversation Analysis, Discursive Psychology and Critical Discourse Analysis. The main section
Ghost: Do Not Forget; This Visitation / Is But to Whet Thy Almost Blunted Purpose
After a brief inspection of some cases where people apparently ‘mis-identify’ others, we draw some initial and tentative conclusions about ways of thinking about ‘who people are’. We then move on to
Telling How Texts Talk: Essays on Reading and Ethnomethodology
Two distinct but related things are going on in these essays. They try to give specific instances of how ethnomethodological studies of a particular variety of social subject, 'readings', might get
Semiotic Investigations: Towards an Effective Semiotics
In Semiotic Investigations, Alec McHoul develops a theory of meaning that he calls "effective semiotics" - a theory that investigates "the ways in which signs have meaning by virtue of their actual
Two Axes for the Analysis of ‘Commonsense’ and ‘Formal’ Geographical Knowledge in Classroom Talk
Teaching and learning the various aspects of a school discipline's contents (its ‘subject knowledge') are obviously part of the main agenda for high schools. While a vast body of material exists on