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Embodied spatial practices and everyday organization: the work of tour guides and their audiences

Best, Katie and Hindmarsh, Jon (2019) Embodied spatial practices and everyday organization: the work of tour guides and their audiences. Human Relations, 72 (2). pp. 248-271. ISSN 0018-7267

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0018726718769712


This article introduces an interactional perspective to the analysis of organizational space. The study is based on the analysis of over 100 hours of video recordings of guided tours undertaken within two sites (an historic house and a world-famous museum), coupled with interviews and field observations. The analysis is informed by ethnomethodology and conversation analysis in order to focus on the everyday organization of these tours, and the lived experience of inhabiting museum spaces. We use an interactional lens to unpack the ‘embodied spatial practices’ critical to the work of tour guides and their audiences, which reveals how the sense and significance of the workspace emerges moment to moment, and in relation to the ongoing work at hand. As a result, for those with an interest in organizational space, the article introduces a novel perspective, and methods, to highlight the dynamic and interactional production of workspaces. Additionally, for those with an interest in practice, the article demonstrates the fundamental import of taking spatial arrangements seriously when analysing the organization of work.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2024 01:30
Projects: PTA-030-2004-00085
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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