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Cicourel, Aaron

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By: Robin James Smith | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Aaron Cicourel is a sociologist and research methodologist who has made influential contributions to the development of social constructionism, interactionism, ethnomethodology and was a central figure in the development of ‘cognitive sociology’. In a similar manner to his contemporaries, Erving Goffman and Harold Garfinkel, Cicourel’s sociology and approach to methodology was concerned with the explication of situated practices and processes that are often hidden within social science accounts of institutions and everyday life. Unlike Goffman and Garfinkel, Cicourel took a direct interest in methodology and, in and across his numerous substantive studies, developed a critique of measurement practices and method—qualitative and quantitative—that are dominant in social research. In particular, Cicourel was concerned with showing how social science methodology is irrevocably grounded in people’s common and ...

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