Ethnographies of Reason

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 270 pages
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Written by one of the most eminent scholars in the field, Ethnographies of Reason offers a fundamentally different, ethnographic approach to the study of skill and reasoning. At the same time, it addresses a much neglected topic in the literature, illustr
 

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Contents

Reasoning in the Wild
3
Formal Reasoning
11
Psychological Experiments
21
EXERCISES AND EXAMPLES
31
Tangrams
33
Jigsaw Puzzles
43
A First Ethnography
49
Phenomenology
59
The Stack
139
The Doing of Things
149
Precise Description
157
Indirection
163
Sketch Work
171
Structures of Inquiry and CorpusRelevant Skills
177
Emergent Themes and Analogies of Practice
187
THEMES AND ORIENTATIONS
197

A Toolic World Part I
65
Mapping the Infinite Plane
77
Lawlike Properties of the Prismatic Field
81
An Exercise in Origami
89
An Embodied Correspondence
97
Straightedge and Compass Constructions
109
PROJECTS AND TECHNIQUES
121
Sociologies of the Witnessable Order
123
Found Objects
131
Themes Orientations and Research Directives
199
Reflexivity
201
The Primacy of the Social
205
The Ordinariness of Practical Action and its Production
217
Praxeological Objects
227
The Characterization Problem
243
Epilogue
261
Index of Examples
269
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Eric Livingston is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New England, Australia

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