Irony, Critique and Ethnomethodology in the Study of Computer Work: Irreconcilable Tensions? (ABSTRACT)
Marcon, T., & A. Gopal
published: 2008 | Research publication | Refereed Journals - ODS
Marcon, T., & A. Gopal (2008), "Irony, Critique and Ethnomethodology in the Study of Computer Work: Irreconcilable Tensions?" Information Systems Journal 18 (2), 165-184.
ABSTRACT: To broaden critical discussion in the field of information systems beyond current approaches, we look outside the core management discourse and examine the critical element in ethnomethodological research on computer-based work environments. Our examination reveals a form of critique that is above all without irony, seeking always to be respectful of the competence of research subjects, and informed by an in-depth understanding of participantsí practices. We argue that ethnomethodology is an often unrecognised critical approach that attempts to speak from within a community of practice, in some cases offering a critique with clear implications for praxis.
Keywords: ethnomethodology, critique, irony, computer work
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