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Sensitizing questions: a method to facilitate analyzing the meaning of an utterance

Gillespie, Alex and Cornish, Flora (2014) Sensitizing questions: a method to facilitate analyzing the meaning of an utterance. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 48 (4). pp. 435-452. ISSN 1932-4502

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Abstract

Much social science research entails interpreting the meaning of utterances, that is, phrases spoken, written or gestured. But how should researchers interpret the meaning of such utterances? A recent surge of research, informed by dialogism, emphasizes the contextual, social and unfinished nature of meaning. The present article operationalizes dialogism theory into six 'sensitizing questions' which can guide analysis. The questions are: (1) What is the context? (2) What is the speaker doing? (3) Who is being addressed? (4) Who is doing the talking? (5) What future is constituted? (6) What are the responses? Each question (and 16 sub-questions) is illustrated by analyzing the potential meanings of a single utterance. The article is a contribution to the development of new forms of 'method' for interpretative qualitative research. These methods aid the 'human instrument' to become a sensitive, theoretically-informed, and accountable analyst.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12124-...
Additional Information: © 2014 Springer Science and Business Media New York.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 14:36
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/57127/

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