13. Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis

  1. David Harper2 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson3
  1. Mark Rapley

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch13

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

How to Cite

Rapley, M. (2011) Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis, in Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (eds D. Harper and A. R. Thompson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 3

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of East London, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470663738

Online ISBN: 9781119973249

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Keywords:

  • ethnomethodology/conversation analysis;
  • ethnomethodology/conversation analysis (EM/CA) - no recognizable method, qua ‘method’;
  • EM/CA, ‘seen but unnoticed’ aspects - of doings of everyday life;
  • approach, grounded in looking outwards - into the world, not cutting of cognition;
  • Garfinkel's ‘ethnomethodology’ or EM/CA;
  • EM/CA, epistemological assumptions - not sitting easily on a ‘realism–relativism continuum’;
  • EM/CA, adoption of a stance of ethnomethodological indifference - amenable to analysis;
  • EM/CA, and concrete material reality - of social order, no naïve realism;
  • EM/CA, treating already-occurring documentary record of interaction - as data for analysis;
  • EM/CA's and its ability - showing psychotherapy happening, as it happens rather than, statistical analyses of therapy ratings

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis

  • Historical Origins

  • Key Epistemological Assumptions

  • EM/CA Research Questions

  • Doing EM/CA: What Kind of Data?

  • Involving Research Participants and Mental Health Service Users

  • How to use EM/CA

  • Better Quality Studies

  • EM/CA, Mental Health Policy and Future Developments

  • Acknowledgements

  • References