"The temporal 'succession' of here and now situations": Schütz and Garfinkel on sequentiality in interaction

  • The article re-examines the relationship between the works of Alfred Schütz and Harold Garfinkel, focusing on their respective approaches to temporality in interaction. Although there are good reasons to emphasize the differences between Schütz’s notion of individual projects of action and Garfinkel’s interest in communicative sequencing, there is also an interesting historical connection. In order to elucidate this connection, the article provides a close reading of the steps that lead Schütz from his premise of ‘egological’ time consciousness to his understanding of the reflexive and interactive process of meaning establishment and interpretation developed in his first book, The Phenomenology of the Social World (1967 [1932]). The article reflects further upon which aspects of Schütz’s considerations resonated with Garfinkel in his formative years and how Garfinkel related to them variously in his later development of ethnomethodology. Hence, it appears that Garfinkel’s ethnomethodology successively departs from many of Schütz’s premises while simultaneously incorporating and further developing some of his notions on the sequential organization and temporal flux of interactive processes.

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Author:Lilian CoatesORCiD
Parent Title (English):Human studies
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V
Place of publication:Dordrecht [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/08/11
Date of first Publication:2022/08/11
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/04/27
Tag:Alfred Schütz; Ethnomethodology; Harold Garfinkel; Interaction; Phenomenological sociology; Phenomenology of time consciousness
Page Number:23
First Page:469
Last Page:491
Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
This work was supported by “Doing Transitions – The Formation of Transitions over the Life Course,” a Cooperative Research Training Group of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, funded by the German Research Association (DFG).
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International