Confrontation Talk: Arguments, Asymmetries, and Power on Talk Radio (Everyday Communication Series) by Ian Hutchby
Book Description – Confrontation Talk: Arguments, Asymmetries, and Power on Talk Radio (Everyday Communication Series)
Product Details Series: Everyday Communication Series Hardcover: 140 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 1, 1996) Language: English
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
…Hutchby’s data samples are amusing and readable[,] and…the book is written with some considerable eloquence.
CA’s successes in charting the regularities of talk as social action–its treatment of talk as doing things–give Hutchby licence to explore two important things wholly out of the grasp of traditional argumentation theory: arguments as manifestations of asymmetry (and, if one likes, ‘power’) and as ways in which people cooperate to produce their culture…What Hutchby is trying to do is find a language with which to handle, on the one hand, a concept uncomfortable to conversation analysis, and, on the other, data unfamiliar to social theorists. Noone will doubt the solidity of the analysis he comes up with, and the usefulness of its insights into the social structure of this arena of our culture; nor will anyone doubt the adventurousness of using the Foucaultian broad brush in the same picture as CA pointillisme.