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Navigation, interaction and bridge team work

Bailey, Nicholas J. ORCID:, Housley, William ORCID: and Belcher, Phillip Michael 2006. Navigation, interaction and bridge team work. The Sociological Review 54 (2) , pp. 342-362. 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2006.00617.x

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During the course of this paper we explore the interaction of seafarers engaged in navigation on the bridge of a merchant ship. More specifically we examine how 'bridge teams' utilise a range of practical conversational methods and devices in carrying out the days work within a context where temporal and spatial considerations are paramount. Utilising the principles of ethnomethodologically informed conversation analysis we analyse transcribed materials gathered from a working bridge. The business of bridge team-work is the generation of a mutual frame of navigational perspective and decision making. A central aspect of this interactional accomplishment is a confirmatory form of talk that is utilised in order to avoid confusion and maritime disaster. The paper also explores empirical examples of interaction and identifies the way in which bridge team-work is accomplished, organised and sustained. The paper suggests how consideration of these features may inform further enquiry and modify training practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 0038-0261
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 15:18

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