Joint improvisation as interaction ritual

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Salmela , M 2021 , Joint improvisation as interaction ritual . in S Ravn , S Høffding & J McGuirk (eds) , Philosophy of Improvisation : Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice . Routledge Research in Aesthetics , Routledge , New York , pp. 122-139 .

Title: Joint improvisation as interaction ritual
Author: Salmela, Mikko
Other contributor: Ravn, Susanne
Høffding, Simon
McGuirk, James
Contributor organization: Practical Philosophy
TINT – Centre for Philosophy of Social Science
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Philosophy of Improvisation
Belongs to series: Routledge Research in Aesthetics
ISBN: 978-0-367-54021-0
Abstract: Improvised joint action feels good, sometimes even great, as the participants experience highly rewarding “group flows”. In this chapter, I analyze the emergence of the affective phenomenology of improvised jazz and theater with the sociological interaction ritual theory of Randall Collins, enriched with phenomenological and enactivist theories on human sociality. I first distinguish three main kinds of affective experiences in joint improvisation: positive feelings about the activity itself; feelings of togetherness among the performers; and feelings of transcendence. Then I argue that the notion of group flow cannot explain the eliciting conditions, internal dynamics, and long-term effects of these experiences. Instead, I suggest that a philosophically enriched interaction ritual theory offers a more plausible account of the elements and processes from which the affective experiences of joint improvisation build up.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
joint improvisation
group flow
interaction ritual theory
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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