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Social Accountability in Communication

Social Accountability in Communication

October 1993 | 196 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Scholars and students who have not done conversation analysis, but wish to do so, will find Richard Buttny's overview helpful. . . .Any discourse analyst interested in explicating better his or her analytic procedures, and relating them to assumptions and beliefs about social inquiry, will find Buttny's book valuable. --Language in Society Much of our talk revolves around accounting for our own and other people's actions. We praise one person and blame another, justify our own actions, speculate on motives, and tell and retell problematic events. Drawing from speech communication, sociology, and social psychology, Social Accountability in Communication offers an original and interdisciplinary approach to language and social interaction. Buttny examines social accountability within communication contexts ranging from a therapy session to welfare and broadcast news interviews; from everyday conversation to discussions in a Zen monastery. Throughout his wide-ranging analysis of accounts talk, he integrates conversation analytic methods with social constructionism. Fluently written, Social Accountability in Communication is a comprehensive and accessible work which is essential reading for scholars and graduate students in language and social interaction, interpersonal communication, social psychology, and discourse analysis.
Marvin Scott
Introduction and Preview
Social Accountability and the Practical Necessity for Accounts

A Reading of the Accounts Literature
A Conversation Analytic Constructionist Perspective on Accounts
Accounts Analysis
Methods and Methodological Issues

Blame-Accounts Sequences in Couple Therapy
Accountability for Relational Problems

Discursive Affect in Situations of Social Accountability
with Thomas L Isbell
The Social Accountability of Zen Understanding
Teacher-Student Interviews in a North American Zen Monastery

Social Accountability Practices during a Welfare Interview
Diverging Accounts, Repeated Problems, and Ascriptions of Responsibility

Accounts and Accountability Practices in News Interviews
Social Accountability Practices in Contexts


Richard Buttny