SOCIOL 3488 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Harold Garfinkel, Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis

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Harold garfinkel (1917 2011: procedures and common sense people use regularly to accomplish their everyday lives. Do not judge accounts, just understand: social facts = accomplished, not external to and coercive of individuals, actions usually unreflective and habitual, criticize sociology for only being an account itself. Institutional settings: examples: courtrooms, medical offices, police departments, mainstream sociology: institutions = structural roles, formal rules, official procedures, etc, ethnomethodology: how people in institutions use common sense rules to create the institutions (accomplish) Conversation analysis: conversations = interactions with fundamental structures that are stable and orderly, order is based on content and sequence, not external source. Include words, but also hesitations, cutoffs, restarts, silences, breathing noises, throat clearings, sniffles, laughter, etc: people try to repair breaches in accomplishment of conversation, people best at breaking rules know rules very well, breaching experiments. F. 1. attempt to discover methods people use to construct social reality by violating it.

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