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Categorization and explanation of risk: a discourse analytical perspective

Sarangi, Srikant and Candlin, Christopher N (2003). Categorization and explanation of risk: a discourse analytical perspective. Health, Risk and Society, 5(2) pp. 115–124.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369857031000123902
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Abstract

Categorization -- generally understood as definition of situations (including events, actions, roles/identities, knowledge claims etc) in everyday and professional/institutional settings -- is a meaning-making activity, deeply embodied in human experience and understanding. Language and discourse play a significant part in how we categorize events and things in discipline-specific ways. Contributors to this Special Issue of Health, Risk & Society approach risk categorization and its explanatory status in a range of healthcare settings -- genetics, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hormone replacement therapy -- from a discourse analytical perspective (broadly defined as language and interaction in context-specific environments). Research practice -- what we choose to study, how we select our data sites and analytic frameworks and how we formulate our findings -- constitutes categorization work par excellence and so remains a candidate project in reflexivity.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1369-8575
Keywords: accounts; categorization; discourse analysis; professional discourse; risk assessment; risk behaviour
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 350
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 May 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/350
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