Multimodal Performance and Interaction in Focus Groups

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| University of Illinois at Chicago
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Focus group interviews have seen explosive growth in recent years. They provide evaluations of social science, educational, and marketing projects by soliciting opinions from a number of participants on a given topic. However, there is more to the focus group than soliciting mere opinions. Moving beyond a narrow preoccupation with topic talk, Gilbert and Matoesian take a novel direction to focus group analysis. They address how multimodal resources – the integration of speech, gesture, gaze, and posture – orchestrate communal relations and professional identities, linking macro orders of space-time to microcosmic action in a focus group evaluation of community policing training. They conceptualize assessment as an evaluation ritual, a sociocultural reaffirmation of collective identity and symbolic maintenance of professional boundary enacted in aesthetically patterned oratory. In the wake of social unrest and citizen disillusionment with policing practice, Gilbert and Matoesian argue that processes of multimodal interaction provide a critical direction for focus group evaluation of police reforms. Their book will be of interest to researchers who study focus group interviews, gesture, language and culture, and policing reform.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Preface
Introduction
2–7
Chapter 1. Focus groups: A multimodal approach
10–19
Part 1. Sociocultural organization in multimodal action
24–67
Chapter 2. They thought we were a hick town
24–45
Chapter 3. We’re doin this here now
48–67
Part 2. Multimodal rituals of stance and positioning
72–132
Chapter 4. Struck by speech
72–89
Chapter 5. Interactional positioning
92–107
Chapter 6. Poetic positioning and multimodal hypotheticals
110–132
Part 3. Interactional troubles and contextualization cues
136–168
Chapter 7. When the dust cleared up
136–150
Chapter 8. We have four hundred and seventy six neighborhood watches
152–168
Conclusion
170–174
Data-methodology
176
Appendix. Data-methodology
176
Transcription conventions used
References
179–188
Index
193
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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