Each year art and antiques worth many billions of pounds are sold at auction. These auctions consist of numerous, intense episodes of social interaction through which the price of goods rapidly escalates until sold on the strike of a hammer. In this book, Christian Heath examines the fine details of interaction that arises at auctions, the talk and visible conduct of the participants, and their use of various tools and technologies. He explores how auctioneers, buyers and their representatives are able to transact the sale of goods worth anything from a few dollars through to many millions in just seconds. Heath addresses how order, trust, and competition are established at auctions and demonstrates how an economic institution of some global importance is founded upon embodied action and interaction. The analysis is based on video recordings of sales of art and antiques gathered within a range of national and international auction houses in Europe and the United States.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives Series|
|Edition description:||Revised ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Christian Heath is Professor at the Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre, Department of Management, King's College London.
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Auctions: institutional form and interactional organisation; 2. The orders of bidding; 3. Trust and the integrity of bids; 4. Establishing competition: creating an impression of demand; 5. Bidding and the pursuit of bids; 6. Remote presence and on-line participation; 7. On the strike of the hammer; 8. Embodied interaction and the order of markets; Appendix I. Glossary of terms; Appendix II. Transcription notation; References.