A Study of Baresso: Informality, Membership Categorization and Interpersonal Communication

Megan Alicia Neault, Iren Asandi, Maria Sofia Sørensen, Ignatius Kusuma & Jeppe Ask Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The way in which members make sense of their daily activities and use certain methods to formalize their interactions is often underrated in social sciences. Even members themselves take those methods for granted and use the recurrence of different patterns to formalize their practices. Ethnomethodology - a social inquiry that explains the ways in which members create and maintain a sense in social life; places particular emphasis on the methods used by members and suggest that they are the experts on this subject. As a social researcher would do, members, from an early age, learn from what they observe. Once a recurrent pattern is localized by them, it ends up being formalized and becomes part of the social norm of a setting. The particular focus of this project will be on how Ethnomethodology approaches the methods that members use to identify each other’s and make sense of their practices. Furthermore, we will explore a specific real-life setting and use Membership Categorization Analysis to explore how members expect different things from the different categories. We will also look at how do members learn from observation, and finally, we will present a discussion that questions free will since it is ‘obvious’ that situations and settings are formalized.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2013


  • Membership Categorization Analysis
  • Ethnomethodology