Robin James Smith

The Practical Organisation of Space, Interaction, and Communication in and as the Work of Crossing a Shared Space Intersection



This article considers space, interaction, and communication in specific relation to the work of crossing a shared space intersection. After outlining an ethnomethodological approach to space, the article draws on video materials produced in Seven Dials, London, UK, to describe the lived detail of practices that are constitutive of and display the visually available moral order of the scene. The analysis, in particular, focuses upon embodied practices such as: the display of "attention" to other users of the space and the consequentiality thereof; how people do "getting out of the way" in a highly ordered and contextualized manner; and how people "recruit" and accomplish material and spatial resources in and as the work of the crossing. The broader contribution of the article to a sociology of space is, thus, an examination of the relational configuration of mutually constitutive orders of embodied practice, spatiality and materiality in the practical production of the everyday, visually available order of public space treated as a members' phenomenon and concern, through and through.


  • Space
  • Interaction
  • Mobility
  • Walking
  • Attention Displays
  • Materiality


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