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Garfinkeling is a research method named after sociologist Harold Garfinkel and is a component of his research approach of ethnomethodology. Garfinkeling is when a researcher knowingly violates a social norm while interacting with other people to reveal how commonly accepted social knowledge is left unquestioned in everyday life. By violating accepted social norms using Garfinkeling, a researcher can better understand both the taken-for-granted, common sense knowledge guiding the interaction as well as the accounts, or reports on behavior, people use to make sense of their everyday interactions. The act of Garfinkeling is also commonly referred to as a breaching experiment because it breaches or breaks one or more expected social norms. Garfinkeling is a qualitative research method often used in real-life social environments or field ...

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