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.

The Forerunners

It is generally accepted that for Garfinkel, although not for other ethnomethodologists, the most important sources are the works of Talcott Parsons and Alfred Schütz. Parsons and Schütz were contemporaries, but their biographies were quite different. Parsons, born in the United States, developed an ...

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