Ethnomethodology

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  • Ethnomethodology

    1. 1. EthnomethodologyContemporary Sociological TheoryDanielle Dirks, Ph.D.
    2. 2. OBJECTIVESIntroduce Ethnomethodology (Eth-Meth)Understand “Breaching Experiments”
    3. 3. Sociology of Knowledge Symbolic Phenomenological Interactionism Sociology Labeling Existential Ethno-Dramaturgy Theory Sociology methodology
    4. 4. DEFINITION“Methods of the people”
    5. 5. DEFINITION“Approach to studying human interaction[that] focuses on the ways in which we makesense of our world, convey this informationto others, and produce a mutually sharedorder” Conley (2008):138
    6. 6. QUESTIONSHow do individuals come to understand thesocial world?
    7. 7. GOALSFocus on“Sense-making”Rules of conductConversational analysis
    8. 8. ASSUMPTIONS“Members of society must have some sharedmethods that they use to mutually constructthe meaningful orderliness of social situations” Rawls/Garfinkel (2002):6
    9. 9. THEORISTS1 2 2 1 Harold Garkinkel 2 Harvey Sacks 3 Gail Jefferson 4 Emanual Schegloff3 4
    10. 10. “Cultural Learnings of America”
    11. 11. OUR FOCUSGarfinkel’s Breaching ExperimentsSociologist Nathan Palmer’s“Doing Nothing and Learning Deviance”http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kgso3Y-l0h8
    12. 12. Examples of when we have not followed the “rules”?
    13. 13. EXAMPLES?Have you done “breaching experiments” inyour other sociology classes?
    14. 14. EM RESEARCHInstitutional SettingsEthnography // Challenges to Record KeepingDiscourse and Conversational Analysis
    15. 15. Eth-Meth: Institutional Settings
    16. 16. Eth-Meth: Ethnography and Challenges to Record Keeping
    17. 17. Eth-Meth: Discourse and Conversational Analysis
    18. 18. CRITICISMSIs this sociology?What about power?*
    19. 19. DISCUSSIONHow could you use ethnomethodology inyour own group or research projects?
    20. 20. QUESTIONS?
    21. 21. Thank You!Danielle Dirks, Ph.D.Department of SociologyOccidental Collegedirks@oxy.edudanielledirks.com@danielledirks

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