Multiactivity in Social Interaction

Beyond multitasking

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  • Editors: Pentti Haddington1, Tiina Keisanen1, Lorenza Mondada2, and Maurice Nevile3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027269805

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. <i>Multiactivity in Social Interaction: Beyond multitasking</i> 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 <i>Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity</i>, 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.

Subjects: Interaction Studies; Pragmatics; Industrial & organizational studies; Discourse studies; Cognition and language; Communication Studies

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Oulu; 2: University of Basel; 3: University of Southern Denmark

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