ABSTRACT

This chapter identifies some strategies to apply the key analytic tools of ethnomethodology to sport management research. Simply stated, ethnomethodology is a form of discourse analysis. The ethnomethodological perspective views social actors as accomplishing their social worlds through interaction, by means of a continuous process of intersubjective adjustment. Ethnomethodology studies the specific interactions among participants and acknowledges that interactions are actually agents for constituting social order and reality. The key analytic tools of ethnomethodology are CA and membership categorisation devices. The criteria for quality investigation (assumptions) have been adapted from a number of authoritative sources. The essential problem for ethnomethodological research is not operationalising. Ethnomethodology can also treat social interactions such as sporting team training sessions primarily as organised interactional events.