Conversation analysis: analyses the structures of conversation.
Actions may be mundane or routine but they are in need of explanation.
Harold Garfinkel, lodger/border breaching experiment.
Agnes was feminine etc, she had learned how to act like a woman. Agnes learned how to act like a woman by following patterns of behaviour associated with it.
The ‘tying’ of words operates from utterance to utterance.
How are these meanings constructed?
Internal motivations are ignored.
Sequential conversation analysis.
Membership categorisation analysis.
The ‘baby’ and the ‘mommy’ belong to the member categorisation device of ‘the family’.
If social reality is just a construct, why should we believe the ethnomethodology theory?
Can everyone construct meaning? Marxists argue that constructs are ruling class ideology.