Interacting with Objects

Language, materiality, and social activity

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| University of Southern Denmark
| University of Oulu
| University of Southern Denmark
| University of Oulu
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Objects are essential for how, together, people create and experience social life and relate to the physical environment around them. Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity presents studies which use video recordings of real-life settings to explore how objects feature in social interaction and activity. The studies consider many objects (e.g. paper documents, food, a camera, art, furniture, and even the human body), across various situations, such as shopping, visiting the doctor, interviews and meetings, surgery, and instruction in dance, craft, or cooking. Analyses reveal in precise detail how, as people interact, objects are seen, touched and handled, heard, created, transformed, planned, imagined, shared, discussed, or appreciated. With the companion collection Multiactivity in Social Interaction: Beyond multitasking, the book advances understanding of the complex organisation and accomplishment of social interaction, especially the significance of embodiment, materiality, participation and temporality. By focussing on objects in and for actual occasions of human action, Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity will interest many researchers and practitioners in language and social interaction, communication and discourse, design, and also more widely within anthropology, sociology, psychology, and related disciplines.
[Not in series, 186]  2014.  vii, 393 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
On the interactional ecology of objects
Maurice Nevile, Pentti Haddington, Trine Heinemann and Mirka Rauniomaa
3–26
Part A. Objects as situated resources
Organising and sequencing
The order of ordering: Objects, requests and embodied conduct in a public bar
Emma Richardson and Elizabeth Stokoe
31–56
Initiating activity shifts through use of appraisal forms as material objects during performance appraisal interviews
Piia Mikkola and Esa Lehtinen
57–78
“I’ll just see what you had before”: Making computer use relevant while patients present their problems
Søren Beck Nielsen
79–98
Participating and involving
Objects as tools for talk
Dennis Day and Johannes Wagner
101–124
Photo sharing as a joint activity between an aphasic speaker and others
Tarja Aaltonen, Ilkka Arminen and Sanna Raudaskoski
125–144
Organising the soundscape: Participants’ orientation to impending sound when turning on auditory objects in interaction
Mirka Rauniomaa and Trine Heinemann
145–168
Cultivating objects in interaction: Visual motifs as meaning making practices
Spencer Hazel
169–194
Part B. Objects as practical accomplishments
Shaping and creating
Cooking instructions and the shaping of things in the kitchen
Lorenza Mondada
199–226
To follow the materials: The detection, diagnosis and correction of mistakes in craft education
Anna Ekström and Oskar Lindwall
227–248
Having a ball: Immaterial objects in dance instruction
Leelo Keevallik
249–268
Experiencing and identifying
Establishing joint orientation towards commercial objects in a self-service store: How practices of categorisation matter
Elwys De Stefani
271–294
Artworks as touchable objects: Guiding perception in a museum tour for blind people
Yaël Kreplak and Chloé Mondémé
295–318
Incidental and essential objects in interaction: Paper documents in journalistic work
Alexandra Weilenmann and Gustav Lymer
319–338
Envisioning the plan in interaction: Configuring pipes during a plumbers’ meeting
Shinichiro Sakai, Ron Korenaga, Yoshifumi Mizukawa and Motoko Igarashi
339–356
Instructed objects
Timothy Koschmann and Alan Zemel
357–378
Epilogue
Trajectories of the object in interaction
Ben Matthews
381–388
Person index
389–390
Subject index
391–393
“Objects are critical to the ways in which we produce and make sense of conduct. And yet, we can still paraphrase Bruno Latour over twenty years on to ask this question of most accounts of society: "where are the missing masses of objects?" This collection powerfully responds. It contains insightful and sophisticated analyses of how we use objects as interactional resources and, in so doing, how we constitute the sense and significance of those very same objects. As a result, it is a delight for everyone interested in the 'stuff' of social life.”
“From the sound made by the hoover to the knitting produced by needles, this exciting collection analyses how objects feature in everyday, educational and technical activities. While we might assume the qualities of an object to be constant and consistent, we learn from this book how these qualities are re-shaped from moment-to-moment. It brings the lived, intended and accomplished qualities of objects into the heart of current work in conversation analysis and ethnomethodology. At the same time it brings conversation analysis and ethnomethodology into the heart of research on objects and materiality.”
Interacting with Objects is a unique collection of empirical studies. It takes seriously that there is no such thing as an object simpliciter; there are only objects in, for and of activities. Through detailed analyses of video recordings of diverse interactions in which various objects are perceived and manipulated, the contributors beautifully demonstrate that features of an object are intrinsically lodged in the spatial and temporal unfolding of each distinct activity. Objects shape, and are shaped by, ongoing action. This is an insightful and important book, and provides the foundation for all future studies on the subject.”
“Austin taught us that speaking is doing things with words. Nevile et al. now show us that talk does not occur in a material vacuum, but crucially involves using things for communicative purposes. With the methodological rigor of video-based multimodal interaction analysis, the authors illuminate how objects figure in structuring communicative encounters, how their use enhances participants’ opportunities for action and how objects are collaboratively produced. The rich universe of the fine grained coordination of verbal interaction, bodily conduct and manipulation of objects in social practice is deployed before the readers’ eyes in fascinating detail. This book will be indispensable for everybody who is interested in a comprehensive understanding of embodied communicative conduct in real world situations.”
“This book shows how the formulation of the concept of ‘objects’ provides an approach to studies which use an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic perspective: ‘objects’ are considered as ‘situated resources’ and as ‘practical accomplishments’. Empirical studies using data from video taped recordings of naturally occurring interaction are analyzed in detail to show how social interaction and ordinary actions can achieve this feat, for participants.”
“[T]his book, examining specifically and in detail how objects feature in social actions, provides a substantial first step toward describing ‘the interactional ecology of objects’ (p. 17). As objects are an integral part of our everyday actions, the analysis and findings here will interest and impact research in various fields, especially discourse analysis and social action analysis.”
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Communication Studies

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BIC Subject: JMJ – Occupational & industrial psychology
BISAC Subject: PSY031000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014014850