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.


On September 30, 1987, at a conference held in Paris,6 Garfinkel gave a lecture titled “The Strange Seriousness of Professional Sociology.” This lecture celebrated the 50th anniversary of Parsons's book, The Structure of Social Action. In that lecture, which coincided with the 20th ...

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