The co-creation of meaningful action: Bridging enaction and interactional sociology

Hanne De Jaegher, Anssi Matti Peräkylä, Tuire Melisa Stevanovic

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What makes possible the co-creation of meaningful action? In this paper, we go in search of an answer to this question by combining insights from interactional sociology and enaction. Both research schools investigate social interactions as such, and conceptualise their organisation in terms of autonomy. We ask what it could mean for an interaction to be autonomous, and discuss the structures and processes that contribute to and are maintained in the so-called interaction order. We also discuss the role played by individual vulnerability as well as the vulnerability of social interaction processes in the co-creation of meaningful action. Finally, we outline some implications of this interdisciplinary fraternisation for the empirical study of social understanding, in particular in social neuroscience and psychology, pointing out the need for studies based on dynamic systems approaches on origins and references of coordination, and experimental designs to help understand human co-presence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Biological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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