This is one of five figures and transcripts included in the paper "Joint Action on the Wild Side of Manhattan" by R. Rizzo-Tolk and H. Varenne (Anthropology and Education Quarterly 23: 221-249. 1992)

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Major Segments during first 20 minutes

Segment Length of segment
(in mins.)
Introductory Statement
Summary of movements during each segment
1 2.5 Could we start by having you introduce yourself first? Say your name to the camera so that when we look at it, when we look at it we can identify who you are in the discussion. So one at a time...... After further explanations by R-T, each student stands up, and speaks directly into the camera for less than ten seconds.
2 1.25 There are going to be two people here that you don't normally see. Natalie, who's just walked in, and Chuck is here to tape us also. And the reason that we're doing this is because we think it's an important project... further explanations by R-T, students listen.
3 3.0 Under what circumstances would you choose to be homeless? What would happen in your life that would make you choose to be homeless? under prodding by R-T who controls the turn taking, one student, and then another answers the question until all have.
4 6.0 If you ended up having problems with your parents or if your parents were no longer living and you found yourself faced with a bad situation and you ended up being homeless, who might you go to as the first person that you would feel comfortable living with? Let's say something happend tonight. I'm talking about immediately, who would you go to? same as 3.
5 1.75 Are homeless children, kids, adolescents different from homeless women, homelessmen? starts like 3- and 4- but only one student speaks for the whole time; others stay silent.
6 3.5 Do you feel different about a homeless women than you do about a homeless man? same 3- and 4- but not all take turn with some elaboration by some whose turn it is not.

[During the 20 minutes, the students hold the same position: they sit in a circle, bodies facing each other. When they speak, they turn their head (but not their bodies which remain almost motionless throughout) towards R-T who stays invisible on the side of the camera]

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