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Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality - Foundations of Human Interaction (Hardback)
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Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality - Foundations of Human Interaction (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 05/12/2013
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In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings by focusing on human relationships. This is a naturalistic approach to human sociality, grounded in the systematic study of real-time data from social interaction in everyday life. Many of the illustrative examples and analyses in the book are a result of the author's long-term field work in Laos. Enfield promotes an interdisciplinary approach to studying language, culture, and mind, building on simple but powerful semiotic principles and concentrating on three points of conceptual focus. The first is human agency: the combination of flexibility and accountability, which defines our possibilities for social action and relationships, and which makes the fission and fusion of social units possible. The second is enchrony: the timescale of conversation in which our social relationships are primarily enacted. The third is human sociality: a range of human propensities for social interaction and enduring social relations, grounded in collective commitment to shared norms. Enfield's approach cuts through common dichotomies such as 'cognitive' versus 'behaviorist', or 'public' versus 'private', arguing instead that these are indispensable sides of single phenomena. The result is a set of conceptual tools for analyzing real-time social interaction and linking it with enduring relationships and their social contexts. The book shows that even - or perhaps especially - the most mundane social interactions yield rich insights into language, culture, and mind.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199338733
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 538 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 29 mm


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For all readers with an interest in the nature of human sociality and communicative behavior in general, and the link between relationship thinking and agency in particular, this volume certainly provides rich and stimulating food for thought. * Ingjerd Hoem, Journal of Anthropological Research *
I found this book both provocative and motivational. ... it is certainly one of those that has most repaid study. In particular, I enjoyed the way the author so impeccably covered his subject via the disciplines of anthropology. semiotics, sociology and linguistics, and I have been left with much food for thought. * Joe Sinclair, New Nurturing Potential *

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