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Garfinkel's studies
Type Seminar
Categoryies (tags) ethnomethodology
Dates 2016/03/18 - 2016/03/18
Address 90-198 Avenue de France, 75013 PARIS
Geolocation 48° 50' 9", 2° 22' 18"
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Introduction to ethnomethodology: Garfinkel's studies of work program by Michael Lynch:


Garfinkel’s studies of work program – by Michael Lynch

In the early 1970s, Harold Garfinkel launched a research program that would focus on work. Such work was not limited to on-the-job performances in specific occupations or professions. Although it included labor practices associated with particular organizations and occupations, it also encompassed the work of driving in traffic, queuing for a service, and other everyday practices. “Work” thus was salient in at least two ways: first, as a reference to occupational, professional, and organized recreational activities, and second as a reference to the practical accomplishment of a broad range of what Garfinkel called “naturally organized ordinary activities.” This presentation focuses on both aspects of such studies of work: the study of specialized organizational activities and the study of everyday activities. In addition to reviewing the studies of work program and tracing its influence in fields such as science and technology studies (STS) and computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), the presentation focuses on distinctive themes, such as “the unique adequacy requirement of methods” and the constitutive role of “instructed actions” in the production of social order. Finally, it discusses practical and professional implications of Garfinkel’s proposal for the development of “hybrid” fields that would integrate ethnomethodology with the practices studied.