Doing more than one thing at the same time - a phenomenon that is often called `multitasking' - is characteristic to many situations in everyday and professional life. Although we all experience it, its real time features remain understudied. Multiactivity in Social Interaction: Beyond multitasking offers a fresh view to the phenomenon by presenting studies that explore how two or more activities can be related and made co-relevant as people interact with one another. The studies build on the basis that multiactivity is a social, verbal and embodied phenomenon. They investigate multiactivity by using video recordings of real-life interactions from a range of different contexts, such as medical settings, office workplaces and car driving. With the companion collection Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity, the book advances understanding of the complex organisation and accomplishment of social interaction, especially the significance of embodiment, materiality, participation and temporality. A close appreciation of how people use language and interact for and during multiactivity will not only interest researchers in language and social interaction, communication studies and discourse analysis, but will be very valuable for scholars in cognitive sciences, psychology and sociology.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. PART 1. Introduction; 3. Towards multiactivity as a social and interactional phenomenon (by Haddington, Pentti); 4. The temporal orders of multiactivity: Operating and demonstrating in the surgical theatre (by Mondada, Lorenza); 5. PART 2. The organisation of multiactivity: Sequentiality, simultaneity and temporality; 6. Sustained orientation to one activity in multiactivity during prenatal ultrasound examinations (by Nishizaka, Aug); 7. Suspending action: From simultaneous to consecutive ordering of multiple courses of action (by Keisanen, Tiina); 8. PART 3. Interruption and resumption of activities in multiactivity situations; 9. Negotiating favourable conditions for resuming suspended activities (by Sutinen, Marika); 10. Attending to a summons and putting other activities 'on hold': Multiactivity as a recognisable interactional accomplishment (by Licoppe, Christian); 11. Managing multiactivity in a travel agency: Making phone calls while interacting with customers (by Ticca, Anna-Claudia); 12. PART 4. Multiple involvements and participation frameworks; 13. A body and its involvements: Adjusting action for dual involvements (by Raymond, Geoffrey); 14. Multimodal participation in simultaneous joint projects: Interpersonal and intrapersonal coordination in paramedic emergency drills (by Deppermann, Arnulf); 15. Person index; 16. Subject index