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Harold Garfinkel and ethnomethodology

Whittle, A.; Mueller, F.

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A. Whittle


Stewart Clegg

Miguel Pina e Cunha


This chapter explores the influence of Harold Garfinkel and the approach to studying social action known as ethnomethodology. The chapter explores the distinct approach to studying organizing ‘as it happens’ developed by ethnomethodologists. We identify the differences between ethnomethodological approaches and mainstream structural-functionalist sociology and also identify the methodological concerns and requirements this approach brings with it. We conclude by identifying fruitful lines of enquiry for future research in management and organizational settings.


Whittle, A., & Mueller, F. (2019). Harold Garfinkel and ethnomethodology. In S. Clegg, & M. P. E. Cunha (Eds.), Management, organizations and contemporary social theory (19-38). CRC Press.

Acceptance Date Mar 18, 2019
Online Publication Date May 30, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Jun 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 11, 2020
Pages 19-38
Book Title Management, organizations and contemporary social theory.
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