Conducting Interaction

Conducting Interaction : Patterns of Behavior in Focused Encounters

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This book makes available five classic studies of the organisation of behaviour in face-to-face interaction. It includes Adam Kendon's well-known study of gaze-direction in interaction, his study of greetings, of the interactional functions of facial expression and of the spatial organisation of naturally occurring interaction, as recorded by means of film or videotape. They represent some of the best work undertaken within the 'natural history' tradition of interaction studies, as originally formulated in the work of Bateson, Birdwhistell and Goffman. Chapter 2, written especially for this new book, provides an historical and theoretical discussion of this tradition, and a new final chapter takes up the theme of the organisation of attention in interaction. The introduction provides details of the circumstances of how each paper came to be written. Each of the papers reprinted is accompanied by a short postscript, placing the work in the context of more recent research. Several of the papers presented in this volume, although widely referred to, have long been difficult to obtain. Their republication will be warmly welcomed by all students and teachers who are concerned with face-to-face interaction.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 26mm | 439.98g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 29 line illustrations
  • 0521389380
  • 9780521389389
  • 1,278,784

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"The book is clearly written and should be easy to follow... It would obviously be of value for a course in in interational sociolonguistics, but would also be useful for students of psychology and psychiatry. It is possible that even students and teachers of drama might find it interesting and useful for its detailed analysis of how people convey meaning in interactions." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Some context for Context Analysis: a view of the origins of structural studies of face-to-face interaction; 3. Some functions of gaze direction in two-person conversation; 4. Movement co-ordination in social interaction; 5. Some functions of the face in a kissing round; 6. A description of some human greetings; 7. Spatial organisation in social encounters: the F-formation system; 8. Behavioural foundations for the process of frame-attunement in face-to-face interaction; List of films cited; References; Index.

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