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By Lena Jayyusi

First released in 1984, this can be a learn of categorization practices: how humans categorize one another and their activities; how they describe, infer, and choose. The publication provides a sociological research and outline of sensible actions and makes a cogent contribution to the examine of the way the ethical order really works in useful communicative contexts. one of the matters handled are: collectivity categorizations, the association of lists and outlines, ethical attribution and inferences, and the connection among criteria of morality and criteria of rationality.

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One might here be inclined to say that he was not an electrician at all, or that he did not know anything worth knowing about electricity, rather than that he was not a very good electrician. In cooking, however, adding an ingredient at the 'wrong' point even if not avowed or conceded by the cook calls into question not necessarily the cook's ability to cook, but perhaps his ability to cook this particular dish or it calls into question his being a good cook or a gourmet cook. Alternatively, instead of the cook's being seen to have made a mistake in the recipe, it is possible to say that he has a different recipe, another version, and final judgment is held in abeyance.

A firstaider naturally prepares to give first aid. It follows both logically and morally. But this work relies on the prior establishment of the post as (its formulation as) a first-aid Membership categorizations 37 post. In setting up the category 'first-aider', A has collected and formulated a bunch of activities that were engaged in there as 'first aid', and has formulated them as being category-tied or, more specifically in this case, as category-generated activities. ' Now one may take a distinction between category-tied features and category-generated features in the following manner.

You sound very pessimistic. 52 R: Well (coughs) knowing these types and dealing with them er . . one can't look at it any other way. the windows talked of as about to be put up at the Planet playground could be broken or even taken out by some of these 'Hell's Angels types' sleeping out there. For A such a prediction is an expression of pessimism on R's part, which is justified by R on the grounds of his kn()b)Zedge of and dealings with those types. But notice that in characterizing the Hell's Angels Type through a listing of items that are 'typical' of the incumbents of such a category, R had not included violence or window breaking or vandalism in that list.

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