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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2012, Issue 191


What it means to change lanes: Actions, emotions and wayfinding in the family car

Senior Lecturer Eric Laurier, / Associate Professor Barry Brown, / Senior Lecturer Lorimer Hayden,
Published Online: 2012-09-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0058


In this paper we investigate how the sequential organization and settlement of disagreements comes to shape, and be shaped by, navigation. Using extracts of in-car interaction, we examine the gestalt of projectable aspects of road travel, car movements, and driver-navigator talk. Navigation when accomplished without maps relies on making sense of streets, landmarks, and signs, activities that are displayed through passengers and drivers giving directions to each other, alongside embodied references to passing roadside features and the movement of the vehicle. More broadly, “finding the way” is bound up with the social relationships between passengers — in particular families caring for one another and showing their epistemic and emotional stance on particular matters. To examine this we draw on existing conversation analytic work on epistemics, stance, and emotion to explore the potentially argumentative character of direction-giving and direction-receiving and how this comes to be combined with the task at hand.

Keywords: driving; conversation analysis; wayfinding; epistemics; emotion

About the article

Senior Lecturer Eric Laurier,

Eric Laurier (b. 1968) is a senior lecturer in geography and interaction at University of Edinburgh 〈eric.laurier@ed.ac.uk〉. His research interests include visual aspects of interaction, public space, mobility, and technology. His publications include “The spectacular showing: Houdini and the wonder of ethnomethodology” (2004); “Putting the dog back in the park: animal and human mind-in-action” (with R. Maze & J. London, 2006); and “Rotating maps and readers: praxiological aspects of alignment and orientation” (with B. Brown, 2008).

Associate Professor Barry Brown,

Barry Brown (b. 1972) is an associate professor at Mobile Life 〈barry@mobilelifecentre.org〉. His research interests include technology, ethnomethodology, interaction, and human computer interaction. His publications include “Place as a practical concern of mobile workers” (with K. O'Hara, 2003); “Unpacking the television: studies of a changing technology” (with L. Barkhuus, 2009); and “Experts at play: Understanding skilled expertise” (with S. Reeves & E. Laurier, 2009).

Senior Lecturer Lorimer Hayden,

Hayden Lorimer (b. 1971) is a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow 〈hlorimer@ges.gla.ac.uk〉. His research interests include landscape, mobility, humans, and animals. His publications include “Herding memories of humans and animals” (2006); and “Forces of nature, forms of life: calibrating ethology and phenomenology” (2010).

Published Online: 2012-09-06

Published in Print: 2012-08-21

Citation Information: , Volume 2012, Issue 191, Pages 117–135, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0058.

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