This book is a concise intellectual biography of Harold Garfinkel, a key figure in 20th-century social science. Garfinkel is practically synonymous with ethnomethodology, an approach that since the 1960s has led to major analytic and methodological developments in sociology and other disciplines. This introduction to Garfinkel explores how he developed ethnomethodology under the influence of Talcott Parsons and Alfred Schutz, situates it within sociology generally, and demonstrates its important influence on recent developments in the discipline, particularly the sociology of science and technology, gender studies, organization studies, and the computer sciences. The book will be of wide interest in the social sciences and a useful supplement to courses on intellectual history and methodology.

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chapter 1|11 pages

Sociology as a “Love Affair”

chapter 2|9 pages

Hitch-hiking to Sociology

chapter 3|17 pages

Sociology and Sociological Attitude

chapter 4|22 pages

From Phenomenology to Ethnomethodology

chapter 5|10 pages

What Is Ethnomethodology?

chapter 6|30 pages

Ethnomethodologys Program

chapter 7|13 pages

Ethnomethodological Studies of Work

chapter 8|13 pages

Ethnomethodology and Sociology

chapter 10|3 pages

Garfinkel's Orphans