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Since the 1967 publication of Studies in Ethnomethodology, Harold Garfinkel has indelibly influenced the social sciences and humanities worldwide. This new book, the long-awaited sequel to Studies, comprises Garfinkel's work over three decades to further elaborate the study of ethnomethodology. 'Working out Durkheim's Aphorism,' the title used for this new book, emphasizes Garfinkel's insistence that his position focuses on fundamental sociological issues—and that interpretations of his position as indifferent to sociology have been misunderstandings. Durkheim's aphorism states that the concreteness of social facts is sociology's most fundamental phenomenon. Garfinkel argues that sociologists have, for a century or more, ignored this aphorism and treated social facts as theoretical, or conceptual, constructions. Garfinkel in this new book shows how and why sociology must restore Durkheim's aphorism, through an insistence on the concreteness of social facts that are produced by complex social practices enacted by participants in the social order. Garfinkel's new book, like Studies, will likely stand as another landmark in sociological theory, yet it is clearer and more concrete in revealing human social practices.
About the Author
Harold Garfinkel has been on the faculty of the sociology department at UCLA since 1954. Retired in 1987, he remains active as an emeritus professor. Anne Warfield Rawls received degrees in philosophy and sociology from Boston University in 1979 and 1983. Since that time she has worked to establish the philosophical implications of contemporary interactionist sociology and ethnomethodology.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Pleasure of Garfinkel's Indexical Ways
Chapter 2 Editor's Introduction
Chapter 3 Author's Introduction
Chapter 4 Authors Acknowledgements As An Autobiographical Account
Chapter 5 I What is Ethnomethodology?
Chapter 6 1 Central Claims to Ethnomethodology
Chapter 7 2 EM Studies and Their Formal Analytic Alternates
Chapter 8 3 Rendering Theorems
Chapter 9 4 Tutorial Problems
Chapter 10 5 Ethnomethodological Policies and Methods
Chapter 11 II Instructed Action
Chapter 12 6 Instructions and Instructed Actions
Chapter 13 7 A Study of the Work of Teaching Undergraduate Chemistry in Lecture Format
Chapter 14 8 Autochthonous Order Properties of Formatted Queues
Chapter 15 9 An Ethnomethodological Study of the Work of Galileo's Inclined Plane Demonstration of the Real Motion of Free Falling Bodies