Multimodality in Practice: Investigating Theory-in-practice- through-methodology
All practices take actions to be enacted; and all actions take social actors and cultural tools to be performed. There are no (social) actions in this world that have not been performed by social actors with or through the use of cultural tools. No matter which part-be it the social actors or the actions or the cultural tools-that we focus upon primarily, we can never leave out any of the other two parts that are interconnected with the focus of our study. When investigating social actors we have to examine the actions that they take; and they always take actions with or through the use of cultural tools (from language and gesture to objects in the world and cognitive schemata). When investigating actions, we have to examine the social actors who are acting and their use of cultural tools; and when investigating cultural tools, we have to examine the social actors who produce or use the cultural tools and thus have to examine their actions.