Soccer as Social Interaction between Observable Bodies


What is the most essential in soccer is that a player’s orientation as to how s/he is about to play is expressed through bodily movements and becomes observable for other players in the process of game. And, this is not only true for soccer, but also for social interaction in general such as conversation. Therefore, it is indispensable for cognitive science of social interaction to build a methodology for grasping what a participant in interaction observes in other participant’s behaviors in the on-going process of interaction as a starting point for modeling cognitive competence behind such behaviors. This presentation introduces an analytic framework for soccer in which soccer is conceived as a kind of social interaction and bodily movements in it are analyzed with reference to several analytic concepts developed in conversation analysis and gesture studies which can describe details of sequential organization of social interaction.

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