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Edited by: Michael Lynch & Wes Sharrock

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2011 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261590 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781848604414 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261590 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Ethnomethodology (meaning, very crudely, ‘small group‘ methods) is an approach to sociological research that is associated with the work of Harold Garfinkel and Harvey Sacks. It was very influential in the 1970s and 80s for challenging the more abstract types of social theory. Against these, it offered a way of exploring the rules of practice (generally the hidden rules of practice) in small groups. This four-volume set includes selections that discuss and exemplify how conversations, experiments, and observations are used to gain insight into larger questions of social order and social change.

Section One: Background on Social Scientific and Everyday Methods

Section Two: Ethnomethodology and the Practical Resolution of Methodological Problems

Section Three: Indexical Expressions – Topic, Resource or Nuisance?

Section Four: Objectification in Discourse

Section Five: Language, Categories and ...

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  • Editors' Introduction: Methods in Ethnomethodology
    MichaelLynch and WesSharrock

    Following the publication of Harold Garfinkel's (1967) Studies in Ethnomethodology, ethnomethodology became an established, if controversial, subfield of sociology, and it continues to provide a distinctive approach to studies of social phenomena. Together with conversation analysis -a research programme that investigates the constitutive organisation of social interaction through the analysis of turns at talk – ethnomethodology has also made inroads into anthropology, sociolinguistics, management studies and science and technology studies, among other fields. It has become a fixture in studies of human-computer interaction (HCI), and is central to the novel research area of computer supported cooperative work (CSCW). This four-volume set of articles provides a sample of ethnomethodological writings addressing methodological issues. It includes both programmatic arguments and ...

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