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Membership Categorisation Analysis

Smith, Robin ORCID: 2022. Membership Categorisation Analysis. Routledge International Handbook of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Abingdon and New York: Routledge,

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The central concern of ‘Membership Categorisation Analysis’ (MCA) is the array of categorisation practices observable in naturally-occurring ordinary activities by lay and professional analysts. A central question for MCA is the possibility of social order, handled in and through an attention to the situated, ‘always occasioned’, accomplishment-in-use of categories, category devices, predicates and collectivities. Whilst it is commonplace to narrowly associate MCA with person descriptions, MCA forms an integral element of a ‘live apparatus’ (Housley, 2021) in and through which members organise their activities. MCA is thus the study of the organisation of multi-layered, occasioned, categorial-sequential order as the local grounds of ‘culture-in-action’ (Hester and Eglin, 1997; Housley and Fitzgerald, 2015).

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Acceptance: 27 November 2020
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 09:47

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