Any text about a concept, an idea, or an approach starts with a definition. Definitions create the context for further discussion to be based. Following the same tradition, I must start my notes on ethnomethodology (EM) with its definition.
“[…] social events are, in the first place, oriented to and interpreted as meaningful by and for those who participate in them or in any way (including scientifically) attend to them” (Heritage, 1984, p. 47).
“[…] how can two or more actors share common experiences of the natural and social world and, relatedly, how can they communicate about them?” (Heritage, 1984, p. 54).
– Heritage, John. (1984). Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.