Originally published in 1977. This book focuses on how to do research in the area of face-to-face interaction when studying human social conduct. It covers the methods of data collection and analysis and looks at the efficiency of these. It secondarily considers a model for conceptualising such interactions, drawing together several social science components, especially linguistics, based on the idea that there is an organisational structure at work just as with grammar for language. Overall the book proposes a general conceptual framework for guiding empirical investigation, with emphasis on simultaneous study of a number of acts viewed within each other’s contexts. This is an excellent resource for study on non-verbal communications, describing specific studies as well as offering the clear overview and model for research.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: Face-to-Face Interaction: The Research Area and Some Basic Issues 1. Introduction 2. Measurement Techniques and Research Strategies Part 2: Individual Differences in Brief Conversations 3. A Study of Individual Differences in Five-Minute Interactions 4. Descriptive Statistics and Group Differences 5. Relationships Between the Acts 6. Actions, Self-Descriptions, and Reactions 7. Overview and Critique of Our Studies of Act Scores Part 3: Studies of the Organisation of Face-to-Face Interaction 8. Presuppositions of Research Strategy 9. Data Generation 10. Preliminaries to Analysis 11. The Turn System Part 4: A Proposed Metatheory and Research Approach 12. A Metatheory for Face-to-Face Interaction 13. A Research Program for Face-to-Face Interaction. Appendices