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By Stephen Hester (Ed.), Peter Eglin (Ed.)

This choice of new reports in ethnomethodology addresses sociology's classical questions by means of constructing that strand of ethnomethodological inquiry facing club categorization. This booklet presents unique reports of contributors' use of club different types throughout a number of settings from the O.J. Simpson trial, through T.V. advertisements and information headlines, to varsity employees and referral conferences. The experiences exhibit that type use is occasional, that tradition is usually inner to motion; consequently sociology's key theoretical difficulties and important components are re-specified when it comes to individuals' equipment of club categorization. this is often the 1st selection of unique, unpublished reviews by way of the world over well known practitioners of ethnomethodology of individuals' makes use of of the descriptive assets of language to explain individuals. Co-published with The foreign Institute for Ethnomethodology and dialog research.

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What 'collection' the category belongs to, and what the collection is, are constituted in and how it is used this time. It follows from the foregoing that, with respect to membership categorization, ethnomethodology's interest is in the 'occasioned corpus' rather than the 'decontextualized corpus'. Thus, as Zimmerman and Pollner (1971: 94) put it: By use of the term occasioned corpus, we wish to emphasize that the features of socially organized activities are particular contingent accomplishments of the production and recognition work of parties to the activity.

Seeing that a Fiance Committed Suicide Because His Fiancee Broke their Engagement (4) Engagement was broken - Temperamental young man gassed himself We read this newspaper headline to mean that a young man's engagement to be married was broken by his fiancee and that this made him so unhappy (as losing her) that, (perhaps) somewhat impulsively, he committed suicide. ) How do we, as news readers, 'know' this, given that on the basis of (a knowledge of) the syntax and semantics of the language, several other readings are possible?

In terms of this conception, this chapter has examined the use of a range of membership categories in referral talk and in newspaper headlines. It has been shown how categories, predicates and devices The Reflexive Constitution of Category, Predicate and Context 47 are deployed in, for example, accomplishing the sense of talk and text, in finding motives, and in making moral judgements. It has also been shown how category, predicate and the contexts of their use are reflexively tied to each other, with each 'part' of the relational configurations which they compose, 'informing' the sense of the other(s).

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