focused interaction

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focused interaction A concept applied to the co-ordinating of face-to-face interaction by two or more actors. The contrast is with unfocused interaction, which is communication by gestures and signals that arises simply through actors being co-present, as in the case for example of body language. The distinction is used by Erving Goffman, in his description of the framing of interaction, and Anthony Giddens builds the idea into his structuration theory.

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interaction, focused See FOCUSED INTERACTION.