Title

Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA)

Publication Title

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, edited by Stephen W. Littlejohn, Karen A. Foss

Publication Date

2009

Document Type

Article

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412959384.n241

Keywords

qualitative research, identities, social interaction

Disciplines

Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | Other Sociology | Sociology

Abstract

Membership categorization analysis (MCA) is a tradition of qualitative empirical research focused on the understanding of membership categories as they are used by people in talk and social interaction as well as in texts and other media of communication. Membership categories refer to identities, and MCA is focused on the study of identities as they are achieved or contested, organized, and understood within the practical contexts of social interaction and language use.

Publisher

SAGE

Publisher Location

Thousand Oaks, CA


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