Greetings are a good way of getting into the analysis
of human encounters. Greetings are ubiquitous, repetitive, and apparently
easy to recognize. At the same time, like all social phenomena, the
more we study greetings the more we learn about their complexities.
To experience such complexities, you will be taken in
the midst of real interactions, recorded on video camera by different
video-ethnographers. As you will have a chance to listen to the participants'
words and look at their actions, you will start to experience some
of the thought processes expert analysts go through when they analyze
the culture of human encounters.
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