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Ethnography, ethnomethodology and studies of work

12/4 2000
Guest Lecturer:
D.W.Randall Department of Sociology Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


The development of new research arenas such as Computer Supported Cooperative Work has inter alia problematised some of the assumptions concerning design contained in the engineering 'paradigm'. In particular, approaches from the social sciences, which are concerned with 'problem re-specification, have been promoted in contrast to solution oriented design work associated with engineering. This talk will examine the relationship between one such 'method', ethnography and a sociological commitment, ethnomethodology. It will do so by examining some data from three distinct contexts: Sitting on a Bus; Air Traffic Controllers' talking; and the work of Bank Clerks.


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