RELATED TERMS: Actor-Network Theory; Anthropology; Ethnography; Method and methodology; Sociology; Participants

Ethnomethodology is an approach within sociology initiated by Harold Garfinkel. It seeks to uncover the methods and social competence that people, as members of social groups, employ in constructing their sense of social reality.

Ethnomethodology is mentioned by Bruno Latour (2005, fn. 54, p. 54) in a footnote in Reassembling the Social, as being one of the sources of actor network theory. Latour writes, “It would be fairly accurate to describe ANT as being half Garfinkel and half Greimas …”


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Latour, B. (2005). Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-network-theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.