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Ethnomethodology -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Vance, Noelle;

2009 / EBSCO


Ethnomethodology is the study of how members of society use ordinary, every day interactions to produce social order. Developed in the 1960s by Harold Garfinkel, ethnomethodology challenged traditional sociological approaches that relied on theoretical constructions to answer the question of how social order is produced. Ethnomethodologists use careful description of naturally occurring interactions to investigate the interpretive and constitutive practices of members of society. This article provides an overview of the ethnomethodology approach, its theoretical foundations, and related research practices.