Varenne: Selections from Ray McDermott's "Criteria..."

"Criteria for an ethnographically adequate description of concerted activities"


Ray McDermott
in Semiotica 24: 245-275. 1978 p. 247:


(1) Members usually reference or in some way formulate some of the contexts for their behavior. p. 248: (2) Members usually organize their postures to form a configuration or positioning which signals the contexts for behavior. p. 249: (3) Members behaviorally orient to the order in their conerted behavior and accordingly constitute and signal their contexts for each other. p. 250: (4) Members susually hold each other accountable for proceedings in ways consistent with the context for their concerted activities. Figure 4

see also my introductory discussion of the concept of "positioning"

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