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Emotion in Interaction$
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Anssi Perakyla and Marja-Leena Sorjonen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730735.001.0001

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Emotion as Stance

Emotion as Stance

(p.16) Chapter 2 Emotion as Stance
Emotion in Interaction

Marjorie Harness Goodwin

Asta Cekaite

Charles Goodwin

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that emotion is organized as interactive practice, rather than as the expression of experience that has its primary locus in the private life of the individual. Analytically this means that the displays of emotion performed by an individual must be analyzed in reference to not only her own body but also the bodies of those with whom she is organizing action. Emotions constitute ways of taking up highly consequential affective stances towards others and actions in progress. The chapter investigates emotion as situated practice through analysis of affective stance as organized through intonation, gesture, and body posture within the interlocking performances of multiple speakers. Of particular importance are incongruent emotional stances that allow participants to construct opposition to the actions and frameworks proposed by others.

Keywords:   stance, directives, emotion, embodiment, family

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