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Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods (Culture, Mind, and Society) 2005th Edition

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"One of the best features of the book is the emphasis the contributors give to ruminating about the strengths and weaknesses of interviewing as a research method and analytical process. Another is the attention paid by various authors to the inconsistencies of both research and human lives. Even though this is very much a how to book, there is nothing mechanistic about these approaches to research and I appreciate how the authors show us ways to combine the creativity of the researcher with systematic approaches to information gathering in order to produce better results." - Wayne Fife, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

'Finding Culture in Talk is a wonderful antidote to the 'science wars'. Its diverse offerings of methodological creativity all share an understanding of culture that takes into account how the human mind works and provide examples of how anthropologists can explicate but not reduce the richness and complexity of cultural meanings. This book is an invaluable tool for students and practiced anthropologists alike.' Victoria K. Burbank, University of Western Australia

"Finding Culture in Talk is a wonderful antidote to the 'science wars'. Its diverse offerings of methodological creativity all share an understanding of culture that takes into account how the human mind works and provide examples of how anthropologists can explicate but not reduce the richness and complexity of cultural meanings. This book is an invaluable tool for students and practiced anthropologists alike." - Victoria Burbank, University of West Alabama

"An excellent place to learn from experienced researchers about 'how to' approach the cultural analysis of discourse. Theoretically motivated, methodologically attentive, and pragmatically oriented, the valuable introductory chapter by Quinn sets the stage. The individual chapters that follow are full of insights and rich in detailed examples linking findings with the research process, as contributors reflect on their strategies for discovering the cultural meanings that underpin what is said in interviews and other forms of talk." - Linda Garro, University of California, Los Angeles

About the Author

Naomi Quinn is Professor Emerita of the Cultural Anthropology Department at Duke University, USA. Among her publications, she is co-author of A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning (1997) and editor of Finding Culture in Talk (2005). She is a past president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology and was awarded that society's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Product Details

  • Series: Culture, Mind, and Society
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2005 edition (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403969159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403969156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christian Smith on February 14, 2014
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This book, by anthropologists, should be required reading by sociologists. Sociology, including cultural sociology, has become so confused about what culture is, how it works, and how it can be accessed methodologically. This book is a breath of fresh air, clarifying sensibly the conceptual and methodological issues involved in studying culture through talk. As a critical realist, I find this book comports very well with that philosophy of (social) science. Culture is not conceptualized on the surface, but is real with some depth. People's talking is one crucial way to access the cultural models that animate and govern their lives. Not all the chapters in this book are equally useful, at least to me. But the book as a whole offers an immensely important correction to many of the mistaken paths that so many sociologists have been led down by bad ideas about the methodological unreliability of discourse for telling us anything important about people's view of the reality and motivations for action. I recommend it most highly. Wish I had read this long ago, myself. That would have saved me much trouble and wasted time and arguments.
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