Chapter 15. Conversation Analysis as Social Theory

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. John Heritage Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch15

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Heritage, J. (2008) Conversation Analysis as Social Theory, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. UCLA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • Conversation Analysis (CA) as Social Theory;
  • syntactical relations;
  • breaching experiments;
  • structural analysis of action in ordinary conversation;
  • primacy of ordinary conversation;
  • orders of analysis;
  • turn-taking problem;
  • sequence organizational problem;
  • intersubjectivity and repair;
  • epistemic order


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Conversation Analysis

  • Orders of Analysis

  • The Interaction Order as an Institution

  • The Interaction Order and Societal Institutions

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgment

  • Bibliography