First published in 1985, this book provides a descriptive study of social activities in a neurosciences laboratory. Based on fieldwork conducted by the author in the laboratory during 1975 and 1976, and taking an ethnomethodological approach, it focuses on the phenomenon of the social accomplishment of natural scientific order. Through the examination of shop work and shop talk in this environment, it identifies an analyzable social basis in the local production of accounts of natural objects in laboratory research.
This work will be of interest to students and scholars of ethnomethodology and sociology.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: methodological issues in the study of scientific work; Part I: Ethnographic accounts of shop work; 2. The lab setting 3. Projects and the temporalization of lab inquiry 4. An archeology of artifact; Part II Agreement in laboratory shop talk; 5. Laboratory shop talk 6. Two notions of agreement 7. Objects and objections: modifications of accounts of objects in laboratory shop talk 8. Conclusion; Appendix: The transcript symbols; Bibliography; Index
Michael E. Lynch is an emeritus professor at the department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. His works are particularly concerned with ethnomethodological approaches in science studies. Much of his research has addressed the role of visual representation in scientific practice.