By Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardoff, Ines Steinke

A better half to Qualitative Research attracts at the paintings of an array of prime students from Europe, Britain and North the US to provide a precis of each point of the qualitative learn strategy from nuts-and-bolts equipment and learn types, to examinations of methodological idea and epistemology. it really is one of many few surveys of qualitative learn to undertake a really foreign voice.

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This is the background for the interest of ethnomethodologists, which started in the 1960s, in tape- and video-recordings of social interactions in ‘natural’ or unmanaged contexts, and in the development of transcription conventions that made it possible to fix a conversation in writing without either orthographic ‘normalization’ or reduction. Of course, this creation of a method out of an ethnomethodological perspective is not without problems. qxd 32 3/19/04 2:22 PM Page 32 A COMPANION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH more than this – should not be used in the investigation of a social phenomenon, because otherwise there is a risk that the specific generative procedures and ‘identifying features’ (Garfinkel) of this phenomenon will be lost or prejudiced.

And in the second place, these practices cannot simply be accessed through an interview. They are, in Garfinkel’s words, ‘seen but unnoticed’ in everyday life. Judgements as to whether everyday actors’ statements or declarations are appropriate, relevant, meaningful and so on are always practical judgements, because they are assessed and accepted with the help of situational procedures in respect of practical goals and needs. ). This implies that ethnomethodology, in realizing its constitutional-analytical programme, cannot simply depend on interview responses (unless there is some enquiry into what, in the behaviour of parties concerned, makes an interview into an interview).

17) developed out of ethnomethodology, as an independent research orientation that concentrates on identifying the structural mechanisms of linguistic and nonlinguistic interaction. In conversation analysis the work of Harvey Sacks (1935–1975), in particular his Lectures (1992), was of fundamental 29 30 32 34 importance. For reasons that will be explained below, both Garfinkel and Sacks were very reserved in explaining and setting out the methods of their procedure. It will therefore be all the more revealing to examine the research style of these two scientists more closely.

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