Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
The writings of Harold Garfinkel have had a major impact on the social sciences and linguistics. This book offers a systematic and innovative analysis of his theories and of the ethnomethodological movement which he has inspired. It is the only full-length study focused on the writings of Harold Garfinkel and will be essential reading for all those concerned with understan...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 8th 1991 by Polity Press
(first published 1984)
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Nearly three decades since it was published, this book remains the finest study of Garfinkel's seminal ideas. It locates Garfinkel within the history of 20th century social thought, and explicates what was so innovative about his view of the role of sense-making in the construction of human action. It is sophisticated yet accessible, exceedingly well written, and has a kind of narrative drive that's rare in a work of social science scholarship.