Reader in Conversation Analysis
In the 1990s and early 2000s Alexa Hepburn was best known for contributions to critical psychology, particularly her work on school bullying and children’s rights, her engagement with Derrida’s thought, and her systematization of theory in critical psychology. In the last few years her work has focused on close interactional analysis, and she is now established as an expert on the expression and management of distress. This focus developed out of research on calls to the NSPCC child protection helpline, and combines a theoretical reworking of the way language, emotion, and psychology are understood, with detailed technical analysis of empirical data. Alexa continues to develop work in the areas of emotion, epistemics and asymmetry, and is currently working closely with video materials of family mealtimes. She has a particular concern with child-adult interaction and is also contributing to developments in conversation analysis.
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