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.

Questions of Method

There is a common misunderstanding of the term ethnomethodology. It is sometimes believed that the claim is of a new methodology of ethnology. This is not so. We have seen that the term has to be understood, according to Garfinkel, as the science (logos) of ethnomethods, that is, of the procedures that constitute what ...

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