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(2016) Handbook of contemporary sociological theory, Dordrecht, Springer.

Ethnomethodology and social phenomenology

Jason Turowetz , Matthew M. Hollander , Douglas W. Maynard

pp. 387-410

Ethnomethodology (EM) is a theoretical paradigm created by American sociologist Harold Garfinkel. It is one of the twentieth century schools of sociology strongly influenced by Edmund Husserl's philosophy of phenomenology. Although EM is similar in certain respects to the various strands of social phenomenology created and influenced by Alfred Schütz and his students, its approach to the empirical study of social action differs in several important ways, with key tenets involving indexical expressions, accountability, and reflexivity. After presenting examples of classic EM research by Garfinkel and his colleagues, and discussing the relationship between EM and the related field of Conversation Analysis, we conclude the chapter with a review of recent and ongoing developments in EM, highlighting its contemporary relevance to studies of social praxis (e.g., culture, morality), embodied action, solitary social action, and the interaction order.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32250-6_19

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Turowetz, J. , Hollander, M. M. , Maynard, D. W. (2016)., Ethnomethodology and social phenomenology, in S. Abrutyn (ed.), Handbook of contemporary sociological theory, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 387-410.

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