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Introduction: Questioning the Question, Who Is the Basic Writer?

The task of theory will not be to determine what some set of social circumstances and events consist of in advance of the actors’ actions, and then to evaluate and explain the latter in terms of their rational and/or normatively determined characteristics. Rather it will be to directly analyze the construction and recognition of these circumstances and events as they are played out “frame by frame” through the actors’ actions.