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.


From the beginning of the movement, ethnomethodologists have devoted most of their studies to social problems. As we have seen, in his earlier writings Garfinkel was interested in the problem of trials and criminal justice. His work continued with studies about jurors' decision making and with research about ...

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