This thesis utilises Discourse Analysis to explore argumentation as a discursive
tool in the construction of social life. Focusing upon family argumentation, an indepth
empirical analysis is performed upon the single case study of the
researcher's own family.
Discourse Analysis has traditionally assumed that argumentation is generally
avoided by speakers. In this thesis, the enthusiastic, creative, and sociable
pursuit of argument is highlighted. Disagreement and argument are seen to
initiate topics and topic change and to impassion interaction. Furthermore,
sociable argument is celebrated for its conflict-handling abilities. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.