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Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality

N. J. Enfield


In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings, by putting human relationships front and center. It 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 come from the author's long-term field work in Laos. The author promotes an interdisciplinary approach to studying language, culture, and mind, building on simple but powerful principles of semiot ... More

Keywords: sociality, agency, enchrony, interaction, conversation, social cognition, relationships, semiotics, action, Laos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199338733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. J. Enfield, author
Max Planck Institute and Radboud University, Nijmegen