Conversation analysis: A culturally-sensitive and scientific approach to the study of Indigenous and Non-indigenous interaction
This presentation explores the qualitative research methodology of conversation analysis (CA) as an approach to the study of interaction between Indigenous and Non-indigenous peoples in the university setting. The data consists of audio recordings and transcriptions of five interactions that focus on participants' experiences at university. These data were analysed using CA. CA permits a systematic and rigorous approach that refrains from extensive theoretical and methodological discussion, provides few details about research situations or subjects researched, and argues that the organisation of interaction is a phenomenon in its own right. My examination found that social order is achieved order accomplished through the deployment of practices in particular contexts. It also found that the interactions were complexly and symbolically reflected in, and reflective of, the social world(s) outside of the precincts of the interactional setting. As a whole, the presentation outlines how my study has relevance to understanding, enhancing and advancing a culturally-sensitive and scientific approach to research involving indigenous and non-indigenous people, while providing an insight into social order(s) and social world(s) that exist beyond the confines of the interaction and the immediacy of its setting.
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