On twister and ping pong

9 07 2008

ELC Day 3 offered a sense of the “analytic distillation” that Goffmanian understandings of interaction order and footing provide. With Ben Rampton in rare form, we applied Goffman to spontaneous interaction (“That’s it, you’re gone”) and research interview data (“I’m not trying, I am blanking you”), and linked back to notions of genre and the purchase of conversation analysis and ethnography, prompting a ton of theoretical and methodological questions from the participants. Of the many responses and interventions, I took note of the following: Jan Blommaert talked about how ethnography speaks to validity (and not to representation), Adam Lefstein argued that research interviews mask interactional features and Celia Roberts mentioned the differences between narrative and conversational alignment. Not too shabby for a very rainy day in Oxford.

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