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Psychotherapy is a 'talking cure'- clients voice their troubles to therapists, who listen, prompt, question, interpret and generally try to engage in a positive and rehabilitating conversation with their clients. Using the sophisticated theoretical and methodological apparatus of Conversation Analysis - a radical approach to how language in interaction works - this book sheds light on the subtle and minutely organised sequences of speech in psychotherapeutic sessions. It examines how therapists deliver questions, cope with resistance, reinterpret experiences and how they can use conversation to achieve success. Conversation is a key component of people's everyday and professional lives and this book provides an unusually detailed insight into the complexity and power of talk in institutional settings. Featuring contributions from a collection of internationally renowned authors, Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy will appeal to researchers and graduate students studying conversation analysis across the disciplines of psychology, sociology and linguistics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521871907
ISBN-10: 0521871905
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 149mm x 17mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Antaki

Anssi Perakyla is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Helsinki. Chalres Antaki is Professor of Language and Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. Sanna Vehvilainen is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education at the University of Helsinki. Ivan Leudar is Professor of Analytical and Historical Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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