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Use this reference also: Appelrouth, S., & Edles, L. D. (2010). Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings (2 ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

in response to the below do at least ONE of these:  offering advice or strategy; posing a question and providing an alternative point-of-view, 

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Ethnomethodology was developed by Harold Garfinkel, and it literally means the study of the methods people use to accomplish their everyday lives (Appelrouth, p. 297).  Ethnomethodologists are concerned with the methods people use to tackle their everyday lives instead of the why, in other words, how people accomplish getting through the day, what they do, what may work for one, may not work for another.  Ethnomethodology is a sociological study.  

Some of the main concerns are they reject fundamental sociological superiority, that the actors’ view of their social world is somehow flawed.  They disapprove of predictable approaches for simply taking for granted the same skills, practices and ideas as the “unenlightened” members of those they are studying.  They pursue to suspend belief in a rule-governed order to study different parts of social life and how it brings order to itself (Appelrouth & Edles, 2011).  They also try to understand how people view and act to different situations in life.

The breaching experiment was doing experiments in everyday life, but tossing in a road block to see how others will react.  Garfinkel modified the object structure of a familiar scenario by switching up one factor.  In his one experiment, he had students go home and act as borders instead of children to the parents.  They treated the parent as an acquaintance instead a close family member.  The parents were caught off guard and tried to turn the situation around.  This is a sociological study of the reaction to the parent when a factor in their life is changed.


Appelrouth, S., & Edles, L. D. (2011). Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings. (2nd Ed). Thousands Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

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