In an earlier guest blog, Andrew Carlin recounted the genesis and current scope of the influential ethnomethodological book series Directions in Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis. He looked forward to the appearance of a book that the late Stephen Hester had on the blocks before his passing; here he remembers Steve and talks about the book and its contents.
Stephen Hester (1947-2014) was a key figure in the fields of Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorisation Analysis. He edited and co-edited a number of highly influential collections; and co-authored books that are perennial favourites with teachers and students, for his clear writing style and vivid examples.
Steve held research and teaching appointments at various institutions including University of Canterbury (where he completed his PhD), University of Manchester, University of Northumbria, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Wales at Bangor
He was the co-organizer (with Dave Francis) of two IIEMCA international conferences and a co-founder (with Dave) of the journal Ethnographic Studies. The inaugural issue appeared in Spring 1997. Steve and Dave then went on to found the Routledge book series, Directions in Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis.
In a previous guest blog post about the Directions in Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis book series, I promised to update you on developments regarding Steve’s posthumous book.
Peter Eglin and Dave Francis took on the job of sorting between the drafts that Steve had left behind – a remarkable achievement, for which we are all extremely grateful! Here is an extract from their introductory essay:
“This book was the major project that Stephen Hester worked on in the last decade of his life. It was left unfinished when he died in April 2014. It is a study in Membership Categorization Analysis, in which this approach is applied to the analysis of talk in an educational setting in which ‘descriptions of deviance’ play a central role.” (p. 6)
Their editorial introduction details, in a small way, the work that was involved in bringing the draft manuscript to fruition; their introduction also provides an excellent conspectus of Steve’s work. We also thank Rainar Rye Larsen, who has been editorial assistant for the final version of the manuscript, for his meticulous work.
The finished volume has now been published under the title Descriptions Of Deviance: A Study in Membership Categorisation Analysis, edited by Peter Eglin and David Francis (2016, Kolding: University of Southern Denmark Press).
The book is now available as a free download from the emca-legacy.info site.
The site is hosted by University of Southern Denmark and the emca-legacy project is coordinated by Dr Johannes Wagner, Professor of Communication Studies (Department of Design & Communication, SDU, Kolding, Denmark).
While I’m here, I should also like to announce that Peter has finished work on the Second Edition of A Sociology of Crime, by Stephen Hester & Peter Eglin, that was originally published in 1992 by Rutledge. The reprint is scheduled for for April/early May 2017.
Steve’s work on that book goes into this list of the more significant of his publications, which I’m grateful to the ROLSI blog for putting on record.
Stephen Hester: An Indicative Bibliography
Eglin, Peter, Stephen Hester (1992) Category, predicate and task: The pragmatics of practical action. Semiotica 88: 243-268
Eglin, Peter, Stephen Hester (1999) Moral order and the Montreal massacre: a story of membership categorization analysis. In: Paul L. Jalbert, (Ed.) Media Studies: Ethnomethodological Approaches. Lanham, New York, Oxford: University Press of America: 195-230
Eglin, Peter, Stephen Hester (1999) “You’re all a bunch of feminists:” Categorization and the politics of terror in the Montreal Massacre. Human Studies 22: 253-272
Eglin, Peter, Stephen Hester (2003) The Montreal Massacre A Story of Membership Categorization Analysis. Waterloo, CA: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Francis, David, Stephen Hester (1997) Reality analysis in a classroom storytelling. British Journal of Sociology, 48: 95-112
Francis, David, Stephen Hester (2000) Le genre selon l’ethnométhodologie et l’analyse de conversation. In: Louis Quéré and Zbigniew Smoreda (eds.) Le sexe du téléphone. Paris: Editions Hermes Science, [Réseaux 103]: 215-251
Francis, David, Stephen Hester (2004) An Invitation to Ethnomethodology: Language, Society and Interaction. London: Sage Publications
Hargreaves, David H. Stephen Hester and Frank J. Mellor (1975). Deviance in Classrooms, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul (reprinted 2012)
Hester, Sally and Hester, Stephen (2010) Conversational actions and category relations: An analysis of a children’s argument. Discourse Studies, 12: 33-48
Hester, Sally and Hester, Stephen (2012) Categorial occasionality and transformation: Analyzing culture in action. Human Studies, 35(4): 563-581
Hester, Sally and Hester, Stephen (2015) Descriptions of deviance: making the case for professional help. In: Baudouin Dupret, Michael Lynch, Tim Berard, eds. Law at Work: Studies in Legal Ethnomethods, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press: 241–271
Hester, Stephen (1976) A Sociology Study of the Use of Cannabis, unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Kent, Canterbury
Hester, Stephen (1981) Two tensions in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, Sociology, 15: 108-116
Hester, Stephen (1985) Ethnomethodology and the study of deviance in schools. In: R. Burgess (ed.). Strategies of Educational Research: Qualitative Methods, London: Falmer Press: 243-263
Hester, Stephen (1991) The social facts of deviance in school: A study of mundane reason. British Journal of Sociology, 42: 443-463
Hester, Stephen (1992) Recognizing references to deviance in referral talk. In: G. Watson and R. Seiler (eds.) Text in Context: Contributions to Ethnomethodology, Newbury Park, CA: Sage: 156-174
Hester, Stephen (1994) Les catégories en context. In: B. Fradin, L. Quéré, J. Widmer (eds.). L’enquête sur les categories, Paris: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales [Raisons pratiques: 5]: 219-242.
Hester, Stephen (1996) Laughter in its place. In: Paton, George E.C., Powell, Chris, Wagg, Stephen, eds., The Social Faces of Humour. Practices and Issues. Hants: Athenaeum Press: 243-269
Hester, Stephen (1998) Describing “deviance” in school: recognizably educational psychological problems. In: Antaki, C. and Widdicombe, S. (eds.), Identities in Talk. London: Sage: 133-150
Hester, Stephen (2000) The local order of deviance in school: Membership categorization, motives and morality in referral talk. In: S. Hester and D. Francis (eds.). Local Educational Order: Ethnomethodological Studies of Knowledge in Action, Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 197-222
Hester, Stephen (2002) Bringing it all back home: selecting topic, category and location in TV News Programmes. In: S. Hester and W. Housley, eds. Language, interaction and national identity: studies in the social organisation of national identity in talk-in-interaction, Aldershot: Ashgate: 16-37
Hester, Stephen (2009) Ethnomethodology: respecifying the problem of social order. In: Michael Hviid Jacobsen, ed. Encountering the everyday: an introduction to the sociologies of the unnoticed. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 234-256
Hester, Stephen (2016) Descriptions of deviance: a study in membership categorization analysis, edited by Peter Eglin & David Francis Kolding: University of Southern Denmark.
Hester, Stephen, Peter Eglin (1992) A sociology of crime. London & New York: Routledge (Second Edition forthcoming 2017)
Hester, Stephen, Peter Eglin, eds. (1997) Culture in action: studies in membership categorization analysis. Washington, DC: University Press of America
Hester, Stephen, Peter Eglin (1997) Membership categorization analysis: an introduction. In: Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin, eds., Culture in action: studies in membership categorization analysis. Washington, DC: University Press of America: 1-24
Hester, Stephen, Peter Eglin (1997) The reflexive constitution of category, predicate and context in two settings. In: Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin, eds., Culture in action: studies in membership categorization analysis. Washington, DC: University Press of America: 25-48
Hester, Stephen, Richard Fitzgerald (1999) Category, predicate and contrast: some organizational features in a radio talk show. In: Paul L. Jalbert, (Ed.) Media Studies: Ethnomethodological Approaches. Lanham, New York, Oxford: University Press of America: 171-194
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (1994) “Doing data”: the local organisation of a sociological interview. British Journal of Sociology, 45: 675-695
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (1997) Reality analysis in a classroom storytelling. British Journal of Sociology, 48(1): 95-112
Hester, Stephen, David Francis, eds. (2000) Local Educational Order: Ethnomethodological studies of knowledge in action. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2000). Ethnomethodology and local educational order. In S. Hester & D. Francis, eds., Local educational order: ethnomethodological studies of knowledge in action. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 1-17
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2000) Category play in a school staff-room. Ethnographic Studies 5: 42-55
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2000) Ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and “institutional talk”. Text, 20(3): 391-413
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2000) Analysing “institutional talk”: a reply to Watson. Text, 20(3): 373-375
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2001) Is institutional talk a phenomenon? Reflections on ethnomethodology and applied conversation analysis. In: Alec McHoul and Mark Rapley, eds. How to Analyse Talk in Institutional Settings: A Casebook of Methods. London: Continuum: 206-217
Hester. Stephen, David Francis (2003) Analysing visually available mundane order: a walk to the supermarket. Visual Studies 18(1): 36-46
Hester, Stephen, David Francis, eds. (2007) Orders of ordinary action: respecifying sociological knowledge. Aldershot: Ashgate
Hester, Stephen, David Francis (2007) Analysing orders of ordinary action. In: Stephen Hester, David Francis, eds. Orders of ordinary action: respecifying sociological knowledge. Aldershot: Ashgate: 3-12
Hester, Stephen, William Housley, eds. (2002) Language, Interaction and National Identity: Studies in the social organisation of national identity in talk-in-interaction. Aldershot: Ashgate
Hester, Stephen, William Housley (2002) Introduction: ethnomethodology and national identity. In S. Hester, W. Housley, eds. Language, interaction and national identity: studies in the social organisation of national identity in talk-in-interaction, Aldershot: Ashgate: 1-15
This is not an exhaustive bibliography, but is an indicative source-listing of Steve’s range of interests and orientations towards members’ phenomena. Descriptions of Deviance continues the commitment to fine-grained data-oriented analyses that were consistent and distinctive hallmarks of Steve’s approach to doing radical, naturalistic sociological work.