INTRODUCTION This paper introduces medical educators to the field of conversation analysis (CA) and its contributions to the understanding of the doctor-patient relationship. THE CONVERSATION ANALYSIS APPROACH Conversation analysis attempts to build bridges both to the ethnographic and the coding and quantitative studies of medical interviews, but… (More)
Working within the functionalist perspective that he did so much to develop, Parsons (1951) conceptualized the physician-patient relationship according to a normative framework defined by the pattern variable scheme. As Parsons clearly recognized, this normative conceptualization was one that empirical reality at best only approximates. In the 1970s, two… (More)
O ver the past thirty years, symbolic interactionists have proposed, on one hand, a synthesis between symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology (Denzin 1970), or, on the other hand, that these two forms of sociology are philosophically, conceptually, and methodologically incompatible (Gallant and Kleinman 1983). In reply, ethnomethodologists argue that… (More)
ii To the memory of Morris Rosenberg, who originally stimulated the ASA Social Psychology Section to undertake volumes like this one, took the lead role in editing the first such volume, and supported and contributed to the development of this volume until his untimely death in December 1991. We hope Manny would be pleased with the result.
This paper investigates how, in the delivery of diagnostic news, participants to the delivery may engage in meaning assessment or interpreting the news. It draws on data from 24 conversations in developmental disabilities clinics, internal medicine clinics and HIV counselling and testing clinics in the USA. The analysis shows that participants initiate… (More)
Survey researchers have examined the interaction between interviewers and respondents for behavioral evidence of difficulties with the survey task or measurement error or both. Using detailed coding of interaction during cognitive assessments conducted by telephone in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, we examine the relationships between behaviors by the… (More)
This article has three main points: (1) " gestalt objects " are not just perceptual chimera, but are a feature of everyday talk and social action; (2) a disability such as autism can be treated in terms of the intelligence it may gloss as comprising analyzable practices-in-interaction; and (3) the sociology of deviance and social problems can benefit from… (More)