In Memoriam Carolyn Baker


It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our colleague and friend Carolyn Baker, from The University of Queensland, passed away on July 12. Earlier this year, Carolyn had been diagnosed with cancer. Carolyn delighted in her intellectual work until the end.

Carolyn made a great contribution to the field of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis in so many ways over a long period of time. She published extensively over the years in this field.

Carolyn will also be remembered for her excellent supervision and teaching. In 2001, Carolyn won the The University of Queensland  Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision. Her students graduated with a sense of confidence as researchers, a strong record of excellent achievement, collegial values, and a deep sense of scholarship.

There will be a Memorial Service held Friday 18 July at Emmanuel College Chapel, Brisbane, Australia.

Dr Susan Danby, Dated Wednesday 16 July 2003

Photograph Patricia Haegeman, at the 2001 IIEMCA Conference in Manchester

Some of Carolyn's publications:

Baker, Carolyn D. (1984) 'The "search for adultness": Membership work in adolescent-adult talk', Human Studies 7: 301-23

Baker, Carolyn (1991) 'Literary practices and social relations in classroom reading events'. In: Carolyn D. Baker, A. Luke, eds. Towards a critical sociology of reading pedagogy. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins: 161-88

Baker, Carolyn D. (1992) 'Description and Analysis in Classroom Talk and Interaction' Journal of Classroom Interaction, 27 (2) 9-14.

Baker, Carolyn (1997) 'Membership categorization and interview accounts'. In: David Silverman, ed. Qualitative research: Theory, method and practice. London: Sage: 130-43

Baker, Carolyn D. (1997) 'Ticketing rules: categorization and moral ordening in a school staff meeting'. In: Hester, S., Peter Eglin, eds., Culture in action: studies in membership categorization analysis. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America: 77-98

Baker, Carolyn D. (1997) 'Ethnomethodological Studies of Talk in Educational Settings'. In: B. Davies, D. Corson (eds.),Oral Discourse and Education. Volume 3, Encylopedia of Language and Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic: 43-52

Baker, Carolyn D. (2000) 'Locating culture in action: membership categorisation in texts and talk'. In: A. Lee, C. Poynton, eds. Culture and text: discourse and methodology in social research and cultural studies. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin: 99-113

Baker, Carolyn D., Bronwyn Davies (1989) 'A lesson on sex roles', Gender and Education 1: 59-76

Baker, Carolyn, Mike Emmison, Alan Firth (2001) 'Discovering order in opening sequences: calls to a software helpline'. In: Alec McHoul and Mark Rapley, eds. How to Analyse Talk in Institutional Settings: A Casebook of Methods. London: Continuum: 41-56

Baker, Carolyn D., Peter Freebody (1989) 'Talk around text: constructions of texual and teacher authority in classroom discourse'. In: Suzanne de Castell, Allan Luke, Carmen Luke, eds. Language, authority and criticism: Readings on the school textbook. London, etc. Falmer Press: 263-83

Baker, Carolyn, Jayne Keogh (1995) 'Accounting for achievement in parent-teacher interviews', Human Studies 18: 263-300

Baker, Carolyn, Jayne Keogh (1997) 'Mapping moral orders in parent-teacher interviews'. In: A. Marcarino, ed., Analisi della conversatione e prospettive di recerca in etnometodologia. Urbino: Editioni QuattroVenti: 25-42

Danby, Susan, Baker, Carolyn D. (1998). 'What's the Problem? Restoring Social Order in the Preschool Classroom'. In: I. Hutchby, J. Moran-Ellis (eds.), Children and Social Competence: Arenas of Action. London, Falmer: 157-86

Danby, Susan. and Baker, Carolyn. (1998) 'How to be masculine in the block area', Childhood, 5: 151-75

Danby, Susan, Carolyn D. Baker (2000) 'Unravelling the fabric of social order in block area'. In: S. Hester & D. Francis (Eds.), Local educational order: Ethnomethodological studies of knowledge in action. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 91-140

Freebody, Peter, Carolyn D. Baker (1996) 'Categories and sense-making in the talk and texts of schooling'. In: G. Bull & M. Anstey (eds.) Lexicons of Literacy. Sydney: Prentice Hall: 145-59

Roulston, Kargeryn J., Carolyn D. Baker, Anna Liljestrom (2001) 'Analyzing the researcher's work in generating data: the case of complaints' Qualitative Inquiry 7: 745-72

Silverman, David, Carolyn D. Baker, Jayne Keogh (1998) 'The Case of the Silent Child: Advice-Giving and Advice-Reception in Parent-Teacher Interviews'. In: I. Hutchby, J. Moran-Ellis (eds.), Children and Social Competence: Arenas of Action. London, Falmer: 220-40