The Ethnomethodology Program: Legacies and Prospects (Foundations of Human Interaction) (Paperback)

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The Ethnomethodology Program: Legacies and Prospects (Foundations of Human Interaction) (Paperback)

By Douglas W. Maynard (Editor), John Heritage (Editor)


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It's been more than fifty years since Harold Garfinkel created the field of ethnomethodology--a discipline that offers a new way of understanding how people make sense of their everyday world. Since his book Studies in Ethnomethodology published in 1967, there has been a substantial--although often subterranean--growth in ethnomethodological (EM) work. Studies in and appreciation of ethnomethodological work continue to grow, but the breadth and penetration of his insights and inspiration for ongoing research have yet to secure their full measure of recognition.

This volume celebrates Harold Garfinkel's enormous contributions to sociology and conversation analysis, exploring how ethnomethodology emerged, the empirical consequences of Garfinkel's work, and the significant contemporary work that has resulted from it. Douglas W. Maynard and John Heritage bring together experts from a wide range of theoretical and empirical areas to create the first comprehensive collection of work on EM that encompasses its role in "studies of work," in Conversation Analysis, and in other subdisciplines. Chapters highlight ethnomethodology's distinctive forms of ethnographic inquiry and its influences on a host of substantive domains including legal environments, science and technology, workplace and organizational inquiries, survey research, social problems and deviance, and disability and atypical interaction. The book explains how EM especially helped to set the agenda for gender studies, while also developing insights for inquiries into racial and ethnic
features of everyday life and experience.

Still, there is much of what Garfinkel called "unfinished business," which means that ethnomethodological inquiries are continuing to intensify and develop. Harold Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology ddresses this unfinished business: not only drawing attention to past accomplishments in the field, but also suggesting how these accomplishments set the stage for future endeavors that will benefit from EM-inspired approaches to social organization and interaction.
Douglas W. Maynard is the Maureen T. Hallinan Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Bad News, Good News: Conversational Order in Everyday Talk and Clinical Settings. He has published not only in the ethnomethodological and conversation analytic literature, but also has conducted EMCA research in domains ranging from medical sociology to survey research. His research has been supported by the NIH, the National Cancer Institution, and the National Science Foundation. John Heritage is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the sphere of social organization that Erving Goffman calls the "interaction order" and includes studies of epistemics and other topics in action formation and sequence organization in ordinary interaction, the study of political speeches, news interviews and presidential news conferences, and doctor-patient interaction in a wide variety of practice settings.
Product Details ISBN: 9780190854416
ISBN-10: 0190854413
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Foundations of Human Interaction