Multiactivity in Social Interaction
Pentti Haddington | University of Oulu
Tiina Keisanen | University of Oulu
Lorenza Mondada | University of Basel
Maurice Nevile | University of Southern Denmark
Doing more than one thing at the same time – a phenomenon that is often called ‘multitasking’ – is characteristic to many situations in everyday and professional life. Although we all experience it, its real time features remain understudied. Multiactivity in Social Interaction: Beyond multitasking offers a fresh view to the phenomenon by presenting studies that explore how two or more activities can be related and made co-relevant as people interact with one another. The studies build on the basis that multiactivity is a social, verbal and embodied phenomenon. They investigate multiactivity by using video recordings of real-life interactions from a range of different contexts, such as medical settings, office workplaces and car driving. With the companion collection Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity, the book advances understanding of the complex organisation and accomplishment of social interaction, especially the significance of embodiment, materiality, participation and temporality. A close appreciation of how people use language and interact for and during multiactivity will not only interest researchers in language and social interaction, communication studies and discourse analysis, but will be very valuable for scholars in cognitive sciences, psychology and sociology.
[Not in series, 187] 2014. vii, 289 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. vii
PART 1. Introduction
Towards multiactivity as a social and interactional phenomenonPentti Haddington, Tiina Keisanen, Lorenza Mondada and Maurice Nevile | pp. 3–32
The temporal orders of multiactivity: Operating and demonstrating in the surgical theatreLorenza Mondada | pp. 33–76
PART 2. The organisation of multiactivity: Sequentiality, simultaneity and temporality
Sustained orientation to one activity in multiactivity during prenatal ultrasound examinationsAug Nishizaka | pp. 79–108
Suspending action: From simultaneous to consecutive ordering of multiple courses of actionTiina Keisanen, Mirka Rauniomaa and Pentti Haddington | pp. 109–134
PART 3. Interruption and resumption of activities in multiactivity situations
Negotiating favourable conditions for resuming suspended activitiesMarika Sutinen | pp. 137–166
Attending to a summons and putting other activities ‘on hold’: Multiactivity as a recognisable interactional accomplishmentChristian Licoppe and Sylvaine Tuncer | pp. 167–190
Managing multiactivity in a travel agency: Making phone calls while interacting with customersAnna Claudia Ticca | pp. 191–223
PART 4. Multiple involvements and participation frameworks
A body and its involvements: Adjusting action for dual involvementsGeoffrey Raymond and Gene H. Lerner | pp. 227–246
Multimodal participation in simultaneous joint projects: Interpersonal and intrapersonal coordination in paramedic emergency drillsArnulf Deppermann | pp. 247–282
Person index | pp. 283–284
Subject index | pp. 285–289
“This important collection takes research on collective human action from the singular interaction to the interaction of interactions. Through a series of careful studies it shows people to be artful jugglers of their courses of action. Artful because people are able to suspend, accelerate, reverse, interrupt and adjust the actions that they have up in the air. Scholars of cognition, sociology and linguistic will delight in the findings and surprises delivered by this book.”
Eric Laurier, University of Edinburgh
“A truly groundbreaking book that thoroughly rethinks the notion of multitasking as a real world phenomenon. Studying moments of multiactivity based on video recordings of a range of real life situations, its different chapters significantly further our understanding of the precise ways in which participants, in their daily lives, manage doing more than one thing at a time.”
Mathias Broth, Linköping University
“This path-breaking collection of papers is a major step into a new era of studies of situated and embodied social interaction. Rather than looking at talk only, or single activities among participants, the authors describe how interactional multiactivities – when participants do more than one thing at the same time – are combined and coordinated in different ways in situations with multiple demands. Some papers go on to identify general types of multiactivities, with regard to sequentiality, dominant vs subordinated constituent activities, etc. At the same time, readers are ushered into sophisticated video-based analyses of interaction that look at the full multimodal (linguistic and bodily) complexity of these multiactivities in their physical and social circumstances. The authors have established themselves as leading experts in this new area of interaction studies.”
Per Linell, Linköping University & Göteborg University
“Though the practices whereby participants manage multiple courses of concurrent action have received occasional attention in the CA literature, this volume brings together a diverse collection of studies that richly illustrate the delicate organizational details of this pervasive phenomenon.”
Timothy Koschmann, Southern Illinois University
“[A] beneficial reading for a wide readership and especially those interested in human communication research.”
Chen Zeyuan, Jiangxi Agricultural University, P.R. China, in Discourse Studies, Vol. 18:2 (2016), pp. 228-230
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: JMJ – Occupational & industrial psychology
BISAC Subject: PSY031000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2014015161 |