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Storytelling as collaborative reasoning. Co-narratives in incest case accounts.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1992 (English)In: Explaining one's self to others. Reason-giving in a social context / [ed] Margaret L. McLaughlin, Michael J. Cody, Stephen J. Read, Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum Associates , 1992, 245-260 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Researchers in that aspect of social psychology [studying communicated explanations], ordinarily referred to as attribution theory, have, historically, studied the process of explanation strictly as an intrapsychic phenomenon. . . . Similarly, researchers who have devoted themselves to the study of "accounts," a tradition found largely within the confines of sociology, organizational behavior, and communication studies, have, for the most part, examined only the discourse manifestations of explanation, without a concomitant interest in the fundamental processes of event comprehension. This volume is devoted to bridging the gap between the two traditions. The chapters in the first section, "The Nature of Social Explanation," examine general issues of social explanation, in particular, the cognitive processes and knowledge involved in the construction of accounts. In fact, several of the chapters present general models of the cognitive processes underlying account-giving. Many of these chapters also deal with general aspects of the social context that affect the kind of explanation people offer. However, they do not focus on the impact of concrete social contexts or on specific kinds of accounts (despite the use of concrete examples to illustrate their general concerns). In contrast, chapters in the second section of the book deal more concretely with accounts. They examine the role of accounts in specific kinds of settings, such as organizations, or the courts; or they deal with specific kinds of accounts, such as accounts of racism or accounts of relationship breakdowns.

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Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum Associates , 1992. 245-260 p.
Keyword [en]
Attribution, Interpersonal Communication, Cognitive Processes
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32030Local ID: 17884ISBN: 0-8058-0799-3OAI: diva2:252852
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-03-20

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