Disability and Discourse: Analysing Inclusive Conversation by Val Williams

By Val Williams

Disability and Discourse applies and explains dialog research (CA), a longtime technique for learning conversation, to discover what occurs throughout the daily encounters of individuals with highbrow disabilities and the opposite individuals with whom they have interaction.

  • Explores conversations and encounters from the lives of individuals with highbrow disabilities
  • Introduces the proven technique of dialog research, making it obtainable and precious to quite a lot of scholars, researchers and practitioners
  • Adopts a discursive method which appears at how individuals with highbrow disabilities use speak in real-life occasions, whereas exhibiting how such speak will be supported and developed
  • Follows humans into the conferences and discussions that occur in self-advocacy and study contexts
  • Offers insights into how individuals with studying disabilities could have a voice of their personal affairs, in policy-making, and in research

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The wider context of talk Academic discussion over the relationship between CA and society has been vigorously pursued, since the original conversation analysis ‘project’ was in effect to discover the rules by which social interaction works. Therefore, analysts who start with ideological commitments about human rights or inequalities are often criticised by the purists, since they approach the business of analysis with pre-conceived theories. A published exchange between Wetherell (1998), Billig (1999) and Schegloff (1998, 1999a, 1999b) is probably the best known and clearest in its exposition of the issues, and interested readers are referred to those articles.

No claim is made in either project that the data to be analysed in some way represent the spread of interactions with people with intellectual disabilities in general. The selection of extracts in both projects was determined largely by what the researchers with intellectual disabilities found interesting, but also by analytic considerations. I was attempting essentially to find insights that go beyond the immediate example and to notice patterns, regularities and ‘social orders’ that appear to be routine, both for people with intellectual disabilities and in interaction generally.

Naomi immediately turns her gaze from Barry to Fred, and then writes the information given by Barry’s carers on her form. It would be clear to any casual observer that Barry is being cut out of the talk. However, by understanding some of the basics of CA, it is possible to show how this kind of pattern flouts the rules of ordinary conversation. The first thing to mention is the basic principle of sequential 1 See the Appendix for a list of transcription conventions used in this and all other extracts in this book.

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