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Face to Face: Toward a Sociological Theory of Interpersonal Behavior [Paperback]

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Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2002
Publisher   Stanford University Press
ISBN  0804744173  
EAN  9780804744171  

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What are the processes and mechanisms involved in interpersonal behavior, and how are these constrained by human biology, social structure, and culture? Drawing on and updating classic sociological theory, and with special reference to the most recent research in evolutionary and neurophysiological theory, this ambitious work aims to present no less than a unified, general theory of what happens when people interact.
Despite modern technologies that mediate communication among individuals, face-to-face interaction is still primal and primary. This book argues against recent social theory that postulates a dramatic change in the nature of human relationships under postmodernity and, instead, asserts that despite undeniable and accelerating change in people's environments, certain basic human tendencies toward emotionally inflected, physically present social interaction remain strong.
Turner builds on first principles he locates in the work of Mead, Freud, Schutz, Durkheim, and Goffman. After brief overviews of previous work on the embeddedness of social interaction in sociocultural systems and in human biology, each chapter presents elements of the microdynamics involved in encounters: emotions, motivations (transactional needs), culture (normative conventions), role processes, status, demographics, and ecology. Each chapter ends with a series of testable propositions, which are then streamlined into a series of summary principles intended to motivate future research. The book concludes with some cautious hypotheses on the potential influence of microprocesses on broader social dynamics.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jonathan H. Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Among his many books are On the Origins of Human Emotions: A Sociological Inquiry into the Evolution of Human Affect (Stanford, 2000) and A Theory of Social Interaction (Stanford, 1988)

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Energy  May 13, 2002
This book is a welcome departure from the typical macro structuralism that has pervaded much of Jonathan's work and analysis in the past. The author takes the microscopic elements of social interaction of face to face encounter and weave a wonderful tapestry of a dialgue as if two separate civilization in their first round of encontour are about to make MOzart's magic flute in collaboration as a prelude to become aware of one another's inner thought process. This theoretical departure allows the author to appreciate the flexible and impregnable boundaries of face to face interaction in order to understand how an enduring social change is possible without its typical spill over mess beyond and above its structural framework. Jonathan in his masterful craft of micro-anaysis shows how to pull off the table cloth with all the object intact remaining on the table and then in the second round to put the table cloth back where it was in the first place as if nothing as ever happened before until party feast has begun. With such permeable boundaries only present at the micro level of social interaction, one literally begins to understand how on earth it is possible to light up the whole city in glow with the light of only one candle.

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Boudaries  May 12, 2002
Jon's woven theoretical carpet of social face to face interaction is a fascininating one and like a persian carpet rolls over in spreading just to show the amazing diversity in human face to face interaction with variable depth and meaning in explusion despite all being confined and wrapped within the specific boundaries of a fully flattened out carpt. In other words, Jon successfully identifies the structure and meta order hidden in an apparenetly lawlesss and chaotic face to face interaction. Te ost exciting part of Jon's theory is that he shows how in fact new and innovative forms of social face to face interaction can be created by crossing the mini boundaries --in spill over-- of the communion of human itteraction without ever disrupting the general and lawful framework of order that encompasses them all in the utter edges of its totality. From this wonderful analysis Jon comes to develop a series of law like principles and boundaries governing human interactions yet he shows that they are flexible enough to be over written and crossed over without violating the general forces of social governance that themselves from outer edge of social totalty defines and shapes these human interactions that on the surface their boundaries aconstantly can be violated for innovation and freshness.

From his analysis oen can learn this principle among others: that the boudaries of social order at the micro level are more permeable for the development of genuine social revolution with border crossing than the macro level of social order and that to overthrow by crossing the macro boudaires for sical innovation is like to cut the persian carpet into pieces for the sake of an over arching social change from sky withut ever knowing how living beings survive on the planet down the earth on a daily basis.


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