In this concise introduction Alain Coulon demystifies the important qualitative research tradition of ethnomethodology. In terms accessible to students, he explains its history, its features and the major criticisms levelled at it. Both theoretical notions and main methodological practices are covered and examples of key ethnomethodological work are provided.
Ethnomethodology is a current of American sociology born in the 1960s on the campuses of Californian universities. It spread to other American universities, then to European ones, especially English and German, and more recently French. Ethnomethodology was practically unknown to the French public until the ...