CA tutorial: Books to consult

Basic and not-so-basic introductions, classics and a selection of CA applications to real-world issues

basics Paul ten Have (2007) Doing Conversation Analysis (2nd Edition). London: Sage. A comprehensive introduction, tried and trusted by thousands of students and teachers.
  Ian Hutchby and Robin Wooffitt (2008) Conversation Analysis (2nd Edition) Cambridge: Polity Press. Equally as established as Paul ten Have's primer, this perhaps the slight edge in readability.
  Jack Sidnell (2010) Conversation Analysis: An introduction Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. An exceptionally lucid, thorough and authoritative account.
Robin Wooffitt (2005) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis : a Comparative and Critical Introduction. London: Sage. This is specially helpful for students grappling with the difference between CA and (the many varieties of) Discourse Analysis.
Emanuel A. Schegloff (2007) Sequence organization in interaction: A primer in conversation analysis, volume 1. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. The first in what promises to be a masterly series of texts defining the state of CA art.
classics Harvey Sacks (1992) Lectures on Conversation, Vols 1 and 2 Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Out of print and hard to acquire (Amazon has a waiting list of purchasers), you should nevertheless do whatever it takes to get hold of a copy, even just to browse for an hour or so. An inspiring record of a man clambering up to find a breathtakingly new perspective on the social world.
Robin Wooffit's The Language of Mediums and Psychics: The Social Organization of Everyday Miracles (Ashgate, 2006) reveals the conversational means that mediums use to persuade us that they are in touch with the dead. Fascinating.
Wayne Beach's A Natural History of Family Cancer: Interactional Resources for Managing Illness (Hampton Press, 2009) is a sustained analysis of a family's phone conversations as they confront the death of one of their members. A scholarly yet moving account.
Tanya Stivers's Prescribing under Pressure: Parent-Physician Conversations and Antibiotics (Oxford University Press, 2007) helps solve the puzzle of why doctors prescribe so many antibiotics - to no-one's medical benefit. Stivers' sophisticated analysis reveals how parents get what they think their children need.