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Conversation Analysis (2022)

Lehtinen, E. (2022). Conversation Analysis. In S. Engler, & M. Stausberg (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion (2nd ed., pp. 194-204). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003222491-14

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Lehtinen, Esa

Parent publication: The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Parent publication editors: Engler, Steven; Stausberg, Michael

ISBN: 978-0-8153-5889-3

eISBN: 978-1-003-22249-1

Edition: 2nd ed.

Publication year: 2022

Pages range: 194-204

Number of pages in the book: 670

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003222491-14

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79305


Conversation analysis (CA) is primarily a method for the study of spoken interaction. It is most of all concerned with the sequential organization of interaction, but it is also interested in the inferential frameworks people use in making sense of each other in interaction. It was originated by Harvey Sacks in the 1960s, and it is influenced by the ethnomethodological sociology of Harold Garfinkel. In the study of religion/s, it can be used for the microanalytic study of various kinds of religious activity types. With the help of the method, the analyst can both explicate the central religiously relevant tasks the participants accomplish in these activity types and uncover the interactional methods they use in accomplishing them. Mostly, conversation analysts use video or audio recordings of naturally occurring interaction as data, but written interaction, such as discussion in social media, can also be analyzed with the method. CA can be productively combined with ethnographic methods.

Keywords: conversation analysis; interaction; methods; research methods; social media

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Reporting Year: 2022

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