2. An Intellectual Biography.
3. Social Science.
5. Membership Categorization Analysis.
6. Conversation Analysis.
7. Using Membership Categorization Analysis.
8. Using Conversation Analysis.
9. Sacks's Legacy.
Appendix 1. Simplified Transcription Symbols and Selected Abbreviations.
Appendix 2. Sacks's Lectures: Some Key References.
Appendix 3. Summaries of Sacks's Major Published Papers.
'Harvey Sacks, as they say, was an original. David Silverman provides a thoughtful, lucid account of his penetrating work. I urge anyone concerned with occurring speech to read this book. One's sense of how to interpret what is said will be changed. Even if one does not adopt the approach, one will have an essential landmark and reference point to inform what one does oneself.' Dell Hymes, University of Virginia
'David Silverman's book on Harvey Sacks...deals with conversation analysis and its relation to social sciences. It is designed to stimulate an interest in the potential of conversation analysis among those who are not too familiar with the area, and it is likely to succeed. ... For those who are tired of the rhetoric of big strategic issues or the latest managerial fad, here is an opportunity to redirect themselves towards making management research (or part of it) into a truly observational social science. Read Silverman's book on Sacks, think, and then read some more!' Sten Jönsson, Scandinavian Journal of Management
'This book can be used to complement primary materials in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on language use and conversation analysis. At the time of writing this review, I have not yet had a chance to use the book in my classes, but particularly at the undergraduate level, where my use of Sacks's lectures has met with varied reactions, I anticipate that Silverman's introduction to the "aesthetic" and "the legacy" may help overcome some barriers.' Language in Society
- The first, book-length introduction to the work of Harvey Sacks - a very influential American sociologist who invented an approach to the study of language which is called Conversation Analysis
- This book explains Sacks's ideas and methods in a clear and accessible way using examples which will be easily understood by students and non-specialist readers
- The author relates Sacks's work to a wide range of disciplines including sociology, linguistics, anthropology and psychology.