Touching and Gesture Exchange as an Element of Emotional Bond Construction. Application of Visual Sociology in the Research on Interaction between Humans and Animals

  • Krzysztof T. Konecki Lodz University
Keywords: human and non-human animals interactions, visual sociology, video recordings, analysis of visual data, intentionality, intersubjectivity, corporality, touch, grounded theory, social association, playing


This article examines the problem of analysing the interaction between humans and domestic animals. The research involved the analysis of transcripts of video recordings representing the interactions between humans and animals. Observations of touch and gesture exchange allowed the reconstruction social rituals (greetings and farewells) as well as other social forms of association (playing, spontaneous expressing of emotions, baths, putting to sleep, walks, fights during walks, indulgent reproach), which create emotional and social bonds. The analysis of visual data provided an opportunity to examine the corporality and direct interactions of bodies in the sequential exchange of gestures. The method applied in the analysis of data was grounded theory. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803337


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Author Biography

Krzysztof T. Konecki, Lodz University
Krzysztof T. KONECKI, current position: professor of sociology, chair of Organizational and Management Sociology Department, Lodz University, Poland (ul. Rewolucji 1905r. 41/43, 90-214 Lodz, Poland), vice-president of Qualitative Research Network of European Sociological Association, a member of the Board of Polish Sociological Association, a chief of a section of Qualitative Sociology and Symbolic Interactionism in Polish Sociological Association, Editor-in-chief of Qualitative Sociology Review. Major research areas: qualitative sociology, grounded theory, symbolic interactionism, visual sociology, sociology of management and organization, sociology of work, organizational symbolism, Japanese culture and management, human-non-human-animals relationships.
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