chapter  1
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Introduction to Part I: Primary Focus—Social Actors and Their Actions: Sigrid Norris


Generally speaking, visual modes have received much more attention than many other modes in current research into multimodality. For this reason, I begin this book by looking at a mode that has received very little attention, but a mode that we all utilize: the mode of touch. In Chapter 2, I investigate horseback-riding/horse-training lessons. The social actors are the student and the riding teacher, and the particular actions that I am interested in are the teacher’s actions of teaching the student how to touch the horse and then feel the horse’s response. Thus, my primary social actor is the teacher and the primary actions are the teaching of what I call touch/response-feel.