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Rauniomaa, M., Keisanen, T., & Siitonen, P. (2021). Shared understandings of the human–nature relationship in encounters with small wildlife. In Jan Lindström, Ritva Laury, Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen (eds.) Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 326, Intersubjectivity in Action (pp. 201–230). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Shared understandings of the human–nature relationship in encounters with small wildlife

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Author: Rauniomaa, Mirka1; Keisanen, Tiina1; Siitonen, Pauliina1
Organizations: 1Research Unit for Languages and Literature, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-11-17


Drawing on video data and ethnomethodological conversation analysis, the study focuses on sequences of human action and interaction in which participants orient to small wildlife within their nature-related activities outdoors. The participants are family members, friends or participants on organized outings, and they engage in activities such as trekking, foraging and fishing. The study examines moments when small wildlife become the focus of the participants’ talk and other action and when the relationship between human beings and the natural world is thus constructed in situ. The study considers how participants in such moments display, pursue and achieve shared understandings about what the appropriate ways of treating other living beings and, more generally, conducting oneself in nature are.

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Series: Pragmatics & beyond. New series
ISSN: 0922-842X
ISSN-L: 0922-842X
ISBN: 978-90-272-5903-5
ISBN Print: 978-90-272-0940-5
Issue: 326
Pages: 201 - 230
DOI: 10.1075/pbns.326.10rau
Host publication: Intersubjectivity in action : studies in language and social interaction
Host publication editor: Lindström, Jan
Laury, Ritva
Peräkylä, Anssi
Sorjonen, Marja-Leena
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: The preparation and publication of the study was made possible with funding from the Academy of Finland (project “Human Activity in Natural Settings”, decision number 285393; the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research on Intersubjectivity in Interaction, decision number 284595) and from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 285393
Detailed Information: 285393 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
284595 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © John Benjamins.