By David Francis
This ebook bargains a brand new and rigorous method of observational sociology that's grounded in ethnomethodology and dialog analysis.
Throughout the authors motivate the reader to discover the social global firstly hand, starting with the quick kinfolk context after which relocating out into the general public realm and organizational existence. Examples of observational research are given with regards to subject components equivalent to relations lifestyles, schooling, medication, crime and deviance, and the reader is proven how one can behavior their very own inquiries, utilizing tools and fabrics which are simply and regularly to be had.
Drawing on either unique fabric and released experiences, Francis and Hester show how observational sociology will be conducted with an awareness to element normally neglected by means of extra conventional ethonographic techniques.
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Additional info for An Invitation to Ethnomethodology: Language, Society and Interaction
The analyst constructs the perspective by treating specific actions as expressions of a unified underlying phenomenon. Thus, for example, something said by one person in one situation is treated, analytically, not simply as expressing the same view as something else said by a different person on another occasion, but as another manifestation of a cognitive entity – a shared meaning – common to all members of the group. This entity is decontextualized in the sense that it does not explain how the action of saying what was said is tied to the specific circumstances in which it was said.
It is for these reasons that acquired immersion is a prerequisite for analysing and reflecting upon the production of such specialized activities. The three modes of analysis we have outlined are not mutually exclusive, nor are they unrelated. As we shall see, they can usefully be combined. Indeed, the separation of them into distinct modes is somewhat arbitrary, useful for purposes of introductory explication. In a sense they are related developmentally. All three involve the analysis of methods and competencies, where such analysis is always ‘from within’.
We are not suggesting that by observing in the way we will recommend you will suddenly come across activities that you were not aware existed – that people who you thought did ‘x’ and ‘y’ actually do ‘a’ and ‘b’. qxd 7/27/2006 6:03 PM Page 33 Doing Ethnomethodology 33 of people entirely new and strange to you. But we will be asking you to observe very ordinary situations involving people just like yourself. It would be very surprising if you were to suddenly discover an entirely new bunch of things going on in such situations, things never before noticed or suspected.
An Invitation to Ethnomethodology: Language, Society and Interaction by David Francis