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Exhibiting interaction: conduct and collaboration in museums and galleries

Interaktionen in Ausstellungen: Verhalten und Zusammenwirken von Museums- und Gallerienbesucher
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Lehn, Dirk vom; Heath, Christian; Hindmarsh, Jon

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Abstract This article explores how individuals, both alone and together, examine exhibits in museums and galleries. Drawing on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, it focuses on the ways in which visitors encounter and experience exhibits and how their activities are organized, at least in part, with intimate regard to the actions of others in the domain, both companions and "strangers." This study contributes to the long-standing concerns of symbolic interactionism with (mutual) attention and involvement, materiality and social relations, and interpersonal communication. The data consist of video recordings of naturally occurring action and interaction in various museums and galleries.
Keywords museum; exhibition; art; behavior; visitor; interpersonal communication; interaction; video; ethnomethodology; video
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Method empirical; theory application
Free Keywords Soziale Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; museum; visitor; social interaction; ethnomethodology; conversation analysis
Document language English
Publication Year 2001
Page/Pages p. 189-216
Journal Symbolic Interaction, 24 (2001) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works