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The radicalism of ethnomethodology: An assessment of sources and principles

Martyn Hammersley


This book sketches the history, and outlines the character, of ethnomethodology, a distinctive approach to the study of the social world that emerged in U.S. sociology in the 1950s and 1960s.It examines one of its main sources, the phenomenology of Alfred Schutz, and its similarities to and differences from the work of Goffman. In addition, there is an assessment of its relationship to sociology and other disciplines, and its central principles are interrogated in detail. Attention is also given to its influence on social research methodology.

Keywords: Ethnomethodology, Phenomenology, Schutz, Garfinkel, Goffman, Cicourel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526124623
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526124623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martyn Hammersley, author
Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University.