What Are Sense Making Practices?*


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    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.


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.