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.
"In this book Dirk vom Lehn provides a well-judged introduction to ethnomethodology (EM) and a fitting tribute to its late, great, progenitor Harold Garfinkel."— Sue White, University of Birmingham, UK, Qualitative Research
"This is an extremely lucid and likeable book, which I found a pleasure to read: vom Lehn’s writing style is light and he brings a sense of fun to engaging with conceptual work... Its popularity with students will make it popular with course directors, who can be assured that students receive a thorough introductory grounding in the material that will also lead them into the ‘essential’ texts."— Andrew P. Carlin, St Columb’s College, Symbolic Interaction