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Omni-relevance and interactional context

Fitzgerald, Richard, Housley, William ORCID: and Butler, Carly 2008. Omni-relevance and interactional context. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series, vol. 109. Cardiff: Cardiff University. Available at:

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During the course of this article the concept of omni-relevance is explored in relation to talkin- interaction. Through the use of the reconsidered model of membership categorization analysis (Housley and Fitzgerald, 2002) issues relating to context and understanding within the local production of interactional order are discussed. The paper argues that the use of omni-relevant devices and associated ‘recognition work’ provide a means of empirically documenting how ‘extra-textual understanding’ and ‘background expectancies’ are made retrospectively apparent within the contours of membership work and alignment in story telling practices. To this extent we argue that an understanding of omni-relevance and membership categorization practices is central to debates concerning category, sequence and context within empirical studies of talk-in-interaction.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
ISBN: 9781904815747
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:47

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