By Rod Watson
Analysing useful Texts makes a speciality of texts as materials of human utilization, displaying how written records and different 'texts' are vital to social association. It unearths social association itself to be not just textually-mediated in nature, but additionally textually-constituted, exhibiting how texts - expert, technical or another way - in addition to a variety of social-scientific methodologies hire the assets of normal language. Theoretically subtle and illustrated with empirical examples, this ebook can be of curiosity not just to these with pursuits in ethnomethodology and dialog research, but additionally to social scientists and anthropologists excited by textual content research, textual feel and the 'linguistic flip' within the equipment in their personal disciplines.
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J. Meehan (1997) on just this issue is, of course, entirely salient: indeed, it deserves to be acknowledged as a classic of its kind. Meehan explicates the in situ retrospective and prospective orientations that “go into” a produced record as routinely read and used, both by internal and external agents in a whole range of local contexts, many of them serially-organised. Such orientations are typically provisional and open-textured, in that (for instance) in any specific case actual uses can not be entirely specified in advance.
A good first step might be to focalise the ladder itself, and Livingston’s “text-reading pair” is a good focal point. Livingston (1995) presents reading a text as a laic activity, one that evolves or develops as it runs its course and which can be analytically conceived as “paired”. 86): “One part of the pair – conventionally spoken of as the ‘text’ – is an account of how the laic skills need to be organised; the other part of the pair is the ongoing lived work of reading that finds the descriptions of the reading account (‘the text’) for organising that work.
Such allusions can be aggregated so as to furnish incremental access to the issue of the phenomenal unity of the text-as-read. By “phenomenal unity” I intend, again, that members themselves do not routinely, let alone invariably, distinguish between a text and its reading – we just conceive of a road sign as telling us to keep left, or that there is no right turn, etc. The text and its reading are coterminous, 32 Analysing Practical and Professional Texts not paired. This is certainly not to say that members never, or can not, make a text–reading distinction, only that they do so strictly in occasioned ways – where there is some issue such as multiple readings / interpretations, where there is some competence question or learning issue concerning reading, etc.
Analysing Practical and Professional Texts: A Naturalistic Approach by Rod Watson