A body and its involvements

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This chapter investigates some of the ways participants use adjusting actions to produce a range of emergent relationships between distinct courses of action. It describes body-behaviourally realised practices for the management of two intersecting courses of action. We first show how the continuing realisation of two courses of action can be preserved moment-by-moment with only negligible adjustments. We then describe how two adjusting actions – suspending and retarding – can be deployed to sustain visible commitment to an ongoing course of action while pursuing a second course of action, thereby realising the second course of action as interjected into the first. In summary, this chapter shows how forms of ‘multiactivity’ emerge as practical solutions to dual involvements in interaction with others.


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