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Interaction Order

  • By: Michael J. Emmison
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The concept of the interaction order refers to the complex system of entitlements and responsibilities that constitute the realm of face-to-face conduct, embracing both nonverbal and verbal channels of communication, and that are occasioned when humans enter into each other's physical copresence. Such face-to-face interaction is the foundation of human social life and plays a role in one's identity or self-image and how that image is presented to others.

Interaction order, however, has been largely ignored as a distinct topic of inquiry. ...

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