(2018) Human Studies 41 (1).

Viewing spontaneity ethnomethodologically

Nicolas J. Zaunbrecher

pp. 1-20

In this article, I identify "spontaneity" as a significant but poorly-analyzed term in social theory and description through an overview of tensions between varying technical accounts of spontaneity in research literature. In contrast to conceptually-slippery "realist" accounts of spontaneity, I argue for viewing spontaneity ethnomethodologically, i.e., as a contextually-emergent social practice. I suggest two directions for future applications of this approach: first, an ethnomethodological approach to rhetorical analysis of unanalyzed use of the term "spontaneity" in research literature, and second, observational studies of improvisational theatre, a social practice in which orientation toward the production of spontaneity by participants is criterial to the identity of the practice.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10746-017-9442-8

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Zaunbrecher, N. J. (2018). Viewing spontaneity ethnomethodologically. Human Studies 41 (1), pp. 1-20.

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