Ethnomethodology And Symbolic Interactionism

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Ethnomethodology and symbolic interactionism share a pragmatic .. ’verstehen’ approach to understanding social reality — They interpret behaviour by taking actors’ meanings into account. They both reject the notion there can be an “objective” description of social interaction and agree that social interaction maintains an ongoing sense of reality in a situation Both perspectives posit a link between the person and social structure that rests on the role of symbols and common meanings. However, each perspective uses different methods and asks different questions to arrive at their unique understanding and knowledge of how actors interpret social interaction as well as how they construct social reality. Hence, these perspectives differ
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For symbolic interactionism, meaning is the outcome of actors’ interpretations of the social situation they are acting in. what people do and how they interact with each other, with objects, and with the environment are based on how they interpret the meaningfulness of these things. Those meanings are not inherent in the objects, but they are developed as a result of the social interactions between actors in a situation; and the ways in which everyone acts toward the object result in the understanding of it and its meanings. Meaning isn 't recognized in an object but rather is developed through the use of that object. In this approach, every human act deals with the creation of meanings that are the result of social relations. Meanings are generated and regenerated as actions, actors, and situations change. Thus Blumer (1969:2) argues, that “human beings act toward things on the basis of the meanings that the things have for them,” second, that “the meaning of such things is derived from, or arises out of, the social interaction that one has with one’s fellows,” and third, that “meanings are handled in, and modified through, an interpretative process used by the …show more content…
Harold Garfinkel (1917–2011) first coined the term and developed the school of ethnomethodology during the 1960s. The term means the study (ology) of people (ethno) . ad in method… Its mission is to study the taken-for-granted “methods” used by members of collectivities to maintain a local sense of social order Inspired by the phenomenology of Alfred Schutz. Early ethnomethodological studies involved college students “bargaining” in a

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