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Social Interaction

Valerie Manusov

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756841-0028
Social Interaction

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The study of social interaction involves the careful assessment of the practices of everyday communicating between people in various real-life contexts, such as doctor-patient relationships, organizations, and human-computer communication. Scholars who center their work in this area tend to be in one of two research lines: qualitative researchers who focus on the intricacies of language and nonverbal communication (i.e., those who align themselves with the area often called language and social interaction) and scholars who use a variety of methods, but particularly social science approaches, to assess the constructs and patterns involved when people interact with one another. These research avenues can be very different from one another, and are sometimes seen as incompatible, but together allow the reader to witness the complexity of human engagement. They also stem from different traditions, most notably. sociological, following symbolic interactionism, psychological, with a particular focus on cognitive and emotion-based processes that people bring with them to their interactions, and linguistic, with a concern for language practices and the consequences of such practices. The citations in this article focus on the key theories and methods that span these contexts of study.

Article.  6735 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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