The Local Ecology and the Transposition of Action
Surprise is commonly understood as a response to the unexpected, even untoward, arising within the immediate environment, our reaction foreshadowing an associated emotion such as pleasure or fear. This chapter considers how our discovery of, and response to, the unexpected is constituted in and through our interaction with others, both those we are with and others who just happen to be within the same space. Drawing on video-recordings of visitors to museums and galleries, the chapter examines how people show surprise, enable others to be surprised and address how our emotion is tailored with regard to the presence and action of others. In particular, the chapter considers the embodied character of surprise and the ways in which surprise reflexively constitutes the sense and significance of occasioned features of the immediate environment.
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