How can we capture the words, gestures and conduct of study participants? How do we transcribe what happens in social interactions in analytically useful ways? How could systematic and detailed transcription practices benefit research? Transcribing for Social Research demonstrates how best to represent talk and interaction in a manageable and academically credible way that enables analysis. It describes and assesses key methodological and epistemological debates about the status of transcription research while also setting out best practice for handling different types of data and forms of social interaction. Featuring transcribing basics as well as important recent developments, this book guides readers through: • Time and sequencing • Speech delivery and patterns • Non-vocal conduct • Emotive displays like laughter, tears, or pain • Talk in non-English languages • Helpful technological resources As the first book-length exposition of the Jeffersonian transcription conventions, this well-crafted balance of theory and practice is a must-have resource for any social scientist looking to produce high quality transcripts.

Comparisons, Concerns and Conclusions

In the course of this book we have detailed the system and practice of transcribing interaction for social science. As we have gone along, we have highlighted the virtues of a Jeffersonian system in capturing features of interaction that are consequential for action. The fundamental argument is that a system and method of transcription that can support a social science approach to human life will benefit immeasurably from capturing these features of social interaction. The Jeffersonian system is not the only one. This final chapter will consider some of the more important alternatives and how, if our goal is to understand social interaction, a Jeffersonian transcription rectifies some of their limitations. It also investigates and responds to some of ...

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