The author wishes to thank J. F. M. Hunter, Ronald J. Silvers and Andrew Effrat for reading and commenting on an earlier draft of this essay.
What Are Sense Making Practices?*
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 107–115, April 1976
How to Cite
HEAP, J. (1976), What Are Sense Making Practices?. Sociological Inquiry, 46: 107–115. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.1976.tb00755.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
The formation of the concept “sense making practices” in ethnomethodology receives attention. The referents and uses of the concept suggest that “sense making practices” form a family rather than a class. Family membership is a matter of family resemblance. Thus claims about new family members run a risk of intelligibility. Finally, the search for universully invariant properties is fundamentally misguided.