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By David Francis

This ebook deals a brand new and rigorous method of observational sociology that's grounded in ethnomethodology and dialog analysis.

Throughout the authors inspire the reader to discover the social international initially hand, starting with the quick relatives context after which relocating out into the general public realm and organizational lifestyles. Examples of observational research are given on the subject of subject components corresponding to relations lifestyles, schooling, drugs, crime and deviance, and the reader is proven how you can behavior their very own inquiries, utilizing tools and fabrics which are with ease and normally on hand.

Drawing on either unique fabric and released reviews, Francis and Hester exhibit how observational sociology could be performed with an cognizance to aspect normally neglected by way of extra conventional ethonographic ways.

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Qxd 7/27/2006 6:03 PM Page 35 3 Ethnomethodology and Self-Reflection Once upon a time in sociology ‘armchair theorizing’ was a phrase used to caricature a particular kind of sociological practice, one that seemed to be out of touch with the realities of people’s lives in society. The description ‘armchair theorist’ referred to a sociologist who preferred to speculate about societies in the abstract rather than investigate what actually occurred in people’s lives. The image of the armchair theorist was of a sociologist who sat around in an armchair and thought about the social world in terms of his or her preconceived notions without ever venturing out into the world to find out what actually went on.

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. No, in the main we will be focusing on activities that are quite familiar and ‘obvious’. What, then, is the point? What can be learnt about social life from observing ordinary, familiar situations and activities?

For example, in relation to experiences, we recognize a person, understand what is meant by what they say, feel sorrow or joy at their actions, feel guilt or remorse in relation to our own actions and so forth by virtue of our membership in society. Likewise, we are able to request a favour or return one, recognize a joke and also tell one, laugh on cue when told a joke by someone else, agree or disagree with a stated opinion or argument and so forth by means of our social competence. We can do these things because we have acquired the knowledge of how to do them through our immersion in them.

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