This paper examines the use of "context" as both a participantís and an analystís resource with conversation analytic (CA) research. The discussion focuses on the production and definition of context within two branches of CA, "traditional CA" and "institutional CA". The discussion argues against a single, monolithic understanding of "context" as the term is often used within the CA literature, instead highlighting the various ways that the term is used and understood by analysts working across the different branches of CA. The paper ultimately calls for further reflexive discussions of analytic practice among analysts, similar to those seen in other areas of sociocultural linguistic research.
Joshua Raclaw is aPhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He can be reached at: Raclaw@Colorado.EDU.