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.

Lay Sociology and Professional Sociology

In 1967, a 2-day symposium at Purdue University brought together 20 sociologists who had come to discuss ethnomethodology (Hill & Crittenden, 1968). During this conference, Garfinkel was invited by the chairman to specify the relationship between ethnomethodology and traditional forms of ethnographic ...

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