How do we know that we all know? On analysing multimodal social conduct and common sense knowledge

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EMCA studies assume that actions through which members of society grasp the world are a) indexical and designed with reference to how they will be recognized and described, and thus with respect to the specifics of settings and co-participants; in sum they are viewed as morally chosen methods (Garfinkel, 1967). Furthermore, the actions and methods, whether consciously produced or not, are viewed as c) ‘concrete’ (reflexively applied and commonly known) norms of conduct. Though EMCA studies have for many years, primarily analysed actions in terms of talk (Sacks et al. 1974), these assumptions are ascribed to any action, independently of the resources (language, body or material objects) that constitute it.
The assumptions give rise to the question of what practitioners ‘see’ when determining what an action works to do (Depperman 2013; Rasmussen et al 2014). Based on naturally occurring (a)typical interactions, this paper discusses, specifically a) how does some multi-modal social conduct come to work as a method for interaction? b) how can it be substantiated that multi-modal methods are reflexive applications of norms of social conduct? Finally, it touches upon the question of c) when and how ‘grasping the world’ can be viewed as knowledge - by whom?

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Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventCopenhagen Multimodality Day 2016: New adventures - Njalsgade 120, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 18. Nov 201618. Nov 2016
Conference number: 2


SeminarCopenhagen Multimodality Day 2016
LocationNjalsgade 120
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