Everyday Life: Reconstruction of Social Knowledge

Paperback | July 21, 2010

EditorJack D. Douglas

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Interest in the ethnomethodology and other phenomenological sociologies grew very rapidly among students and professionals in social science during the latter part of the twentieth century. The growth of this interest was handicapped by the lack of clear, systematic, and comprehensive treatments of their basic ideas and research findings. This book provides the first genuinely intelligible and reasonably systematic presentation of this perspective and contributed to the restructuring of empirical knowledge upon solid foundations. It remains important to those who would understood these areas of the social sciences and their potential to contribute to understanding of social life.

These original essays, all of which share ideas about the scientific inadequacies of conventional sociologies and the fundamental importance of these new approaches, were contributed by many of the best young research workers and theorists of this approach in 1970, when the book was originally published. They are critical, theoretical, and empirical, and provide the first understandable presentation of this new mode of thought, its distinctions from old points of view, the range of problems that concern its practitioners, and the kinds of results that can be achieved.

The book's clarity and systematic treatment of important research topics make it suitable for courses in sociological theory and research, the history of social thought, and related subjects. In addition, this volume can be used in courses specifically dealing with ethnomethodology, in graduate seminars dealing with these issues, and in academic work based on this orientation.

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Interest in the ethnomethodology and other phenomenological sociologies grew very rapidly among students and professionals in social science during the latter part of the twentieth century. The growth of this interest was handicapped by the lack of clear, systematic, and comprehensive treatments of their basic ideas and research findin...

Jack D. Douglas is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He also taught at Wellesley, Dartmouth, and the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his work published in journals, he is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Social Meaning of Suicide, The Relevance of So...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:370 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:July 21, 2010Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202363597

ISBN - 13:9780202363592

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Table of Contents

Preface

PART ONE: ABSOLUTIST SOCIOLOGIES AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL SOCIOLOGIES
1. Understanding Everyday Life
Jack D. Douglas
2. Alfred Schutz and the Sociology of Common-sense Knowledge
John Heeren
3. Normative and Interpretive Paradigms in Sociology
Thomas P. Wilson
4. The Everyday World as a Phenomenon
Don H. Zimmerman and Melvin Pollner

PART TWO: CONSTRUCTING SITUATIONAL MEANINGS: LANGUAGE, MEANING AND ACTION
5. On Meaning by Rule
D. Lawrence Wieder
6. The Acquisition of Social Structure: Toward a Developmental Sociology of Language and Meaning
Aaron V. Cicourel
7. Words, Utterances, and Activities
Roy Turner
8. The Everyday World of the Child
Matthew Speier

PART THREE: RULES, SITUATED MEANINGS, AND ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES
9. The Practicalities of Rule Use
Don H. Zimmerman
10. Talking and Becoming: A View of Organizational Socialization
Peter K. Manning

PART FOUR: SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM AND ETHNOMETHODOLOGY
11. Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnomethodology
Norman K. Denzin
12. Ethnomethodology and the Problem of Order: Comment on Denzin
Don H. Zimmerman and D. Lawrence Wieder

PART FIVE: SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND TRUTH
13. Theorizing Alan F. Blum
14. On the Failure of Positivism Peter McHugh
References
Index