Definitions for "Ethnomethodology"
An approach to the study of social phenomena which employs procedures to discover how people make sense and give order to the world. It emphasizes the contextual determination of meaning and concentrates on the unique and the idiographic. It does not accept the possibility of generalization. Qualitative techniques are employed such as participant observation, analysis of official records, naturalistic observation, etc.
involves the examination of the ways in which people produce orderly social interaction on a routine, everyday basis. It provides the theoretical underpinning for conversation analysis.
Generally means 'peoples methods'. It is a critique of mainstream sociology which imposes a set of sociological categories on the ordinary person.