Rooted in multimodal conversation analysis and based on video recordings of naturally occurring social interactions, this book presents a novel analytical perspective for the study of touch. The authors focus on how different forms of touch are interactionally organized in everyday, institutional, and professional practices, showing how touch is multimodally achieved in social interaction, how it acquires its significance, how it is embedded in the current activity and in its social context, and how it is systematically intertwined with talk, facial expressions and body posture.
Including work by a wide range of renowned researchers, this volume provides rich visual illustrations of situations featuring touch as a social and intersubjective practice. The studies make a compelling contribution to the field by clearly examining and demonstrating the social meaning of touch for the participants in social interaction in a broad range of contexts.
Presenting a new methodology for the study of touch, this is key reading for all researchers and scholars working in conversation analysis, multimodality and related areas.
'The blossoming research on multimodal interaction has mainly focused on gaze and gesture. This book is the first to explore the richness of uses of a hitherto neglected bodily resource: touch. It reveals the fundamental role that haptic practices play both for emotional exchanges and professional action in contemporary societies.'
Arnulf Deppermann, Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Germany
List of contributors
Asta Cekaite and Lorenza Mondada
The Interactive Construction of a Hug Sequence
Marjorie Harness Goodwin
The tactility and visibility of kissing:
Intercorporeal configurations of kissing bodies in family photography sessions
Lorenza Mondada, David Monteiro, and Burak S. Tekin
Touch as embodied compassion in responses to pain and distress
Control touch in caregiver-child interaction:
Embodied organization in triadic mediation of peer conflict in Swedish and Japanese
Matthew Burdelski and Asta Cekaite
When a dance hold becomes illegitimate
To touch and to be touched:
The coordination of touching-whole-body-movements in Aikido practice
Touching and petting:
exploring "haptic sociality" in interspecies interaction
Professional touch in speech and language therapy
for the treatment of post-stroke aphasia
The sequential organization of feeling a fetus in Japanese midwifery practices
Passing touch: handing and handling tools and implements during surgical procedures
Christian Heath and Paul Luff
Calibrating professional perception through touch in geological fieldwork
Charles Goodwin & Mick Sean Smith
Sensorial explorations of food:
How professionals and amateurs touch cheese in gourmet shops
Christian Meyer & Jürgen Streeck