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Dilemmas in the Courtroom: A Study of Trials of Violent Crime in the Netherlands

Dilemmas in the Courtroom: A Study of Trials of Violent Crime in the Netherlands

1st Edition

Martha L. Komter
January 01, 1998

Interactional dilemmas occur when participants are required to engage in two contradictory activities at the same time or orient to two conflicting goals. The existence of such dilemmas provides a context for interactants to be creative, pro-active, and indeed strategic as they maneuver between the...

Being An Older Woman: A Study in the Social Production of Identity

Being An Older Woman: A Study in the Social Production of Identity

1st Edition

Isabella Paoletti
December 01, 1997

The study presented in this volume examines how older women's identities are socially constructed and, in particular, how they can be influenced by institutional intervention. The interest in identity production is not only theoretical, but also practical. Different perceptions of oneself as an...

Performing the Past: A Study of Israeli Settlement Museums

Performing the Past: A Study of Israeli Settlement Museums

1st Edition

Tamar Katriel
June 01, 1997

A nostalgic interest in the past is a well-recognized feature of fast-changing, contemporary societies. It finds its expression in a variety of history-making practices of which the establishment of local heritage museums is a major manifestation in many parts of the world today. Katriel develops a...

Puerto Rican Discourse: A Sociolinguistic Study of A New York Suburb

Puerto Rican Discourse: A Sociolinguistic Study of A New York Suburb

1st Edition

Lourdes M. Torres
February 01, 1997

Before conclusions about Spanish in the United States can be drawn, individual communities must be studied in their own contexts. That is the goal of Puerto Rican Discourse. One tendency of previous work on Spanish in the United States has been an eagerness to generalize the findings of isolated...

The Fragile Community: Living Together With Aids

The Fragile Community: Living Together With Aids

1st Edition

Mara B. Adelman, Larry R. Frey
November 01, 1996

This book examines the concept of "community," focusing on how communication practices help manage the tensions of creating and sustaining everyday communal life amidst the crisis of human loss. While acknowledging how the contradictory and inconsistent nature of human relationships inevitably...

Conversations About Illness: Family Preoccupations With Bulimia

Conversations About Illness: Family Preoccupations With Bulimia

1st Edition

Wayne A. Beach
August 01, 1996

The grandmother granddaughter conversation examined in this book makes explicit what the detailed study of interaction reveals about two social problems--"bulimia" and "grandparent caregiving." For the first time, systematic attention is given to interactional activities through which family...

Confrontation Talk: Arguments, Asymmetries, and Power on Talk Radio

Confrontation Talk: Arguments, Asymmetries, and Power on Talk Radio

1st Edition

Ian Hutchby
April 01, 1996

Using conversation analysis to explore the nature of argument, asymmetry, and power on talk radio, this book focuses on the interplay between the structures of talk in interaction and the structures of participation on talk radio. In the process, it demonstrates how conversation analysis may be...

in Search of A Voice: Karaoke and the Construction of Identity in Chinese America

in Search of A Voice: Karaoke and the Construction of Identity in Chinese America

1st Edition

Casey M.K. Lum
January 01, 1996

Originating in Japan early in the 1970s as a simple sing-along technology, karaoke has become a hybrid media form designed to integrate mass-mediated popular music, video images, computer graphics, and the live musical performance of its human users. Not only has karaoke become a...

Smooth Talkers: The Linguistic Performance of Auctioneers and Sportscasters

Smooth Talkers: The Linguistic Performance of Auctioneers and Sportscasters

1st Edition

Koenraad Kuiper, Koenrad Kuiper
October 01, 1995

This book examines the contexts in which sportscasters and auctioneers speak and the characteristic techniques they employ in order to speak fluently. These speakers were selected because they have the capacity to show what happens to speech when speakers are under memory and processing pressure...

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