Short description Starting from the premise that interpersonal communication is inseparable from culture, this collection moves beyond traditional approaches to the subject by foregrounding the ways in which interpersonal relationships emerge through culturally mediated language practices. It proposes a new approach to interpersonal communication, based in ethnography and performance. It features ethnographic articles that are inviting and accessible to beginning students. It includes articles with detailed transcripts of conversation that students can analyze while providing them with conceptual and practical tools to develop their own ethnographic research on language practices.
From the contents Preface for Instructors Editors' Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Sources Introduction: Jane E. Goodman and Leila Monaghan Part I: Ethnographer's Toolkit Part II: Applying the Ethnographer's Toolkit Part III: Ethnography of Talk: From Language Form to Social Solidarity Part IV: Communication and Social Groups: The Work of Belonging Part V: Interpersonal Communication in Institutional Settings: Structure, Agency, and the Exercise of Power Appendix I: Read This First: How to Read and Present on Complex Texts Appendix