- vii, 197 pages ; 24 cm
- Contents: Was Schutz a positivist? Was he even a sociologist? Comparing the reception and inception of his work -- Garfinkel and Goffman via Simmel: parallels and divergences -- On the disciplinary status of ethnomethodoloy -- An assessment of the theoretical presuppositions of ethnomethodology on qualitative research methods -- The influence of ethnomethodology on qualitative research methods.Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-192) and indexes.Summary: This book outlines the radical character of ethnomethodology and the ways in which it differs from and challenges mainstream social science. It examines some of the fundamental and decisive issues this approach raises about how the social world should be investigated, and offers a well-informed and timely appraisal of the assumptions underpinning it. The author explores several key influences on ethnomethodology, especially Afred Schutz and phenomenology, and provides a systematic comparison with the work of Erving Goffman and Georg Simmel. The influence of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis on social research methods is also explored. Most important of all, there is an in-depth investigation of the key principles to which ethnmethodologists and conversation analysts are committed. Some serious problems are identified, but the strengths of ethnomethodology are also recognized.