This chapter addresses the arenas within which interaction occurs. An arena is an open-ended bundle of rules and resources that allows certain kinds of interactions to proceed, leading to outcomes that may be formal or quite casual. Arenas differ as well in the goals, objectives, and motives with which people enter them. Arenas also vary in the norms of behavior that are accepted or considered deviant, for these also help define the arena. Different actors can play in different arenas. Arena switches can change the nature of an interaction by changing the players involved. It is stated that the strategic arenas, the players who enter them, and the motives and goals, resources and competencies they bring with them are the basic building blocks that are needed to describe strategic interactions in a more social way.
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