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Phenomenological sociology is defined as the study of phenomenon. In the early development of Phenomenological sociology, a distinction was drawn between phenomena, things as they appear in our experience, and noumena, things as they are in themselves. Immanuel Kant believed that all we can ever know are the former. Phenomenological sociology has had its primary influence on ethnomethodology.
Social reality is only an experienced reality rather than a natural reality. The experience of objects, events, activities, etc., is all there is. By accepting this claim, ethnomethodology has emerged as the study of the creation of social reality through mundane reasoning, account giving or the use of documentary method.
Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) argued that natural and social environments differ in that social objects appear only as perceived objects, they depend on human recognition for their existence and because of this social reality is in constant flux and ambiguity. Phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology concentrate on implicit assumptions.
The task of phenomenological sociology, like that of every other phenomenological investigation, is to account for, or describe, the formal structures of this object of investigation in terms of subjectivity, as an object-constituted-in-and-for-consciousness. - Gurwitsch, Aron (1964). The Field of Consciousness. Duquesne Univ Pr. ISBN 978-0-8207-0043-4.
Experience and Insight in Modern Society
Harvie Ferguson - University of Glasgow, UK.
What is phenomenological sociology? Why is it significant? This thought-provoking book argues that phenomenology was the most significant and influential philosophy to emerge in the twentieth century. "This may very well be the most thorough and authoritative analysis of phenomenological sociology ever achieved." - W.P. Nye , Hollins University.
Phenomenological Sociology: Issues and Applications. August 1, 1973. by George Psathas (Editor).
The Annals of Phenomenological Sociology, Volume 2. Myrtle Korenbaum. Wright State University, 1977.
Phenomenological Sociology Reconsidered: On The
New Orleans Sniper. Thomas S. Eberle
Journal Article, Human Studies. Vol. 36, No. 1, Special Issue: Violence - Phenomenological Contributions (Spring 2013), pp. 121-132.
Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Twentieth Century: Book II. Fruition Cross-Pollination Dissemination (Analecta Husserliana) by A T Tymieniecka. (Nov, 2009).
Phenomenological Sociology and Ethnomethodology:
The Everyday Life World of Common Sense.
D.P. Johnson, Contemporary Sociological Theory: An Integrated Multi-Level Approach. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008.
Phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology concentrates on implicit and taken-for-granted assumptions that simply “go without saying.” Like symbolic interactionism, these perspectives focus on the micro level but their implications extend to the meso and macro levels as well.
Phenomenology and Sociology : Divergent
Interpretations of a Complex Relationship. - Eberle, Thomas S.
Phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology have many adherents and practitioners throughout the world. The international character of interest in these two areas is exemplified by the scholars from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States who contributed to this collection.
Together they exemplify the kinds of theoretical and research issues that arise in seeking to explore the social world in ways that respect what Edmund Husserl referred to as "the original right" of all data. These chapters were inspired in various ways by the work of George Psathas, professor emeritus of Boston University, a renowned phenomenological sociologist and ethnomethodologist as well as a fundamental contributor to phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology movements both in the United States and throughout the world. The collection consists of three parts: phenomenological sociology as an intellectual movement, phenomenological considerations, and ethnomethodological explorations, all areas to which Professor Psathas has made significant contributions.