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Valerie Manusov & Adam Jaworski

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 13: Casting Nonverbal Behavior in the Media: Representations and Responses

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Casting Nonverbal Behavior in the Media: Representations and Responses
Casting nonverbal behavior in the media: Representations and responses

Nonverbal behavior is often regarded as a set of actions that occur between interactants in face-to-face settings. Indeed, many of the nonverbal cues that we enact are done for and with other people in our everyday interactions. We also learn a great deal about how to behave nonverbally and what certain cues may mean through those interactions, particularly in our encounters with family (Halberstadt, 1986). Simultaneously, however, we are presented with a nonverbal code in our exposure to an array of mediated sources. By providing normative behaviors, interpretations for cues in context, and potential sanctions for not adhering to the code, media present and encourage a particular set ...

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