”Silence Game” as a Form of Social Interaction

”Silence Game” as a Form of Social Interaction

Spirkina A.K.

Senior Assistant, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS; Post-graduate Student of the Faculty of Sociology, State Academic University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia spirkina.ak@yandex.ru

ID of the Article: 9691

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Spirkina A.K. ”Silence Game” as a Form of Social Interaction. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 7. P. 84-92


The article examines the structure of interaction, which is formed in a children’s playful game – silence game. The place and role of silence in this interaction is analyzed. The conditions for the possibility of silence as a game are determined. The silence game is considered at the micro level of social life as a game situation that exists within certain spatiotemporal framework and structures interaction with the help of formal and informal rules of the game. The microstructure of the silence game is explored with the help of concepts developed in the sociology of everyday life, frame analysis and ethnomethodology. In accordance with the traditions of these areas of sociological thought, special attention is paid to the relationship between the ”game” and ”everyday reality”, in other words, the issue of ”embedding” the game in a continuous stream of social interactions of actors participating in the game and individuals observing it by ”layering” (framing), switching between ”regions of experience” or routine activities of participants to maintain social order.

silence game; play everyday life; silence; game; microsociology; symbolic interactionism; Goffman E.; ethnomethodology


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