This chapter delineates the interactional structure of flirtation. Refining Simmel's analysis, I show flirtation as a way in which two time frames are continuously maintained within the same interaction. Rather than moving into a future interaction by using what I term "actualization practices" - actions which thrust the present interaction into a future - interactants simultaneously use practices from both time frames, careful not to irrevocably shift the situation. The management of interactional ambiguity in flirtation is then analyzed as a key to examine other ambiguous or "suspended" interactions, where interactants must work to keep different potential future possibilities open.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Studies in Symbolic Interaction|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science