Building and Reflecting Identities, 2nd Edition
Guilford Press – 2013 – 356 pages
This engaging text explores how everyday talk—the ordinary kinds of communicating that people do in schools, workplaces, and among family and friends—expresses who we are and who we want to be. The authors interweave rhetorical and cultural perspectives on the "little stuff" of conversation: what we say and how we say it, the terms used to refer to others, the content and style of stories we tell, and more. Numerous detailed examples show how talk is the vehicle through which people build relationships. Students gain skills for thinking more deeply about their own and others' communicative practices, and for understanding and managing interactional difficulties.
New to This Edition
Updated throughout to incorporate the latest discourse analysis research.
Chapter on six specific speech genres (for example, organizational meetings and personal conversation).
Two extended case studies with transcripts and discussion questions.
Coverage of digital communication, texting, and social media.
Additional cross-cultural examples.
"I can't imagine a more thorough and appealing introduction to the study of language in social interaction and discourse analysis. In this second edition of Everyday Talk, Tracy and Robles meticulously interweave the field's diverse research threads, present sophisticated content in accessible ways, and offer updated, thought-provoking discussions and examples. The book is an excellent resource for both undergraduates and graduate students." - Cynthia Gordon, Syracuse University, New York, USA
"To deeply understand and study everyday talk, we need to enter into the worlds created through it. Everyday Talk, Second Edition introduces ways of doing exactly that. Readers find a rich array of routine instances of talk about which to reflect. The book links talk to issues of identity, culture, and nation, as well as morals, beliefs, and values, incorporating both rhetorical and cultural perspectives. The inclusion of new social media in the second edition is welcome. Scholars, teachers, and students will benefit from this text's systematic treatment of its subject matter and wide-ranging scope, as well as the easy access it provides through vivid examples and lively prose." - Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
"This text is the go-to standard for any class with a language and social interaction focus. Its easy readability, coupled with coverage of all the major works in language and social interaction, makes it appropriate for everything from an introductory communication survey to a master's-level course. The second edition doesn't disappoint; it includes up-to-date studies and an even more diverse set of U.S. and international examples. Many transcript examples (some with online links) bring ethnographic, discourse, and conversation analysis to life and show concretely how 'everyday talk' performs important actions related to identity work. Students will walk away from this book with concepts, theories, and vocabulary for critically analyzing their own and others' communication." - Evelyn Y. Ho, Department University of San Francisco, USA
"Tracy and Robles give readers compelling conceptual frames and a rich analytic vocabulary to make sense of – and appreciate – the stream of conversations, encounters, texts, meetings, and more that is the stuff of human social life. The book integrates sociolinguistics, speech act theory, conversation analysis, and contemporary conceptions of identity. Lively, provocative examples illustrate how talk enables people to get things done, create and solve problems, play, argue, come together, pull apart, and navigate selves." - Phillip Glenn, Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Karen Tracy, PhD, is Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she teaches a course about how everyday talk builds and reflects identities. She also teaches classes in discourse analysis and ethnographic methods, as well as special-topic seminars that examine communicative trouble in the justice system, in higher education, and in meetings of governance groups. Dr. Tracy is the author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters, as well as several books. She is past editor of the journal Research on Language and Social Interaction.
Jessica S. Robles, PhD, is a faculty member in the Communication Department at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches courses connecting interpersonal communication, language and social interaction, and discourse analysis. She has also taught special-topic courses on moral practices and problems in everyday talk. Dr. Robles's research and publications focus on the role of moral issues and difference in interactional trouble.