Mel Pollner Eulogies
Mel Pollner

"This was and remains deeply original and innovative work. It is philosophically and sociologically profound. And Mel could and did render these almost unthinkable ideas ideas really that made your brain ache to think about them, in language that was limpid and lapidary, and yet that was so imaginative that it was like a shower of fireworks. These ideas and the empirical work that supports them are at the core of Mel's scholarly work. They are immensely original and powerful, and they represent an enduring and indelible contribution to the discipline of sociology."
John Heritage

Selected works

Zimmerman, Don H., Melvin Pollner (1971) 'The everyday world as a phenomenon'. In: Jack D. Douglas, ed. Understanding everyday life: towards a reconstruction of sociological knowledge. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul (1970): 80-103

Pollner, Melvin (1974) 'Sociological and common sense models of the labelling process'. In: Turner, R., ed. Ethnomethodology: selected readings. Harmondsworth: Penguin: 27-40

Pollner, Melvin (1974) 'Mundane reasoning', Philosophy of the social sciences 4: 3554

Pollner, Melvin (1976) '"The very coinage of your brain": the anatomy of reality disjunctions', Philosophy of the social sciences 5: 411-30

Emerson, Robert M., Melvin Pollner (1976) 'Dirty work designations: their features and consequences in a psychiatric setting', Social Problems 23/3:243-54

Pollner, Melvin (1978) 'Constitutive and mundane versions of labelling theory', Human Studies 3: 285-304

Emerson, Robert M., Melvin Pollner (1978) 'Policies and practices of psychiatric case,' Sociology of Work and Occupations 5:75-96

Pollner, Melvin (1979) 'Explicative transaction: making and managing meaning in traffic court'. In: Psathas, George, ed., Everyday language: studies in ethnomethodology. New York: Irvington 229-55

Pollner, Melvin, Robert M. Emerson (1983) 'The dynamics of inclusion and distance in fieldwork relations'. In: R.M. Emerson, Contemporary field research: a collection of readings. 235-52

Pollner, Melvin, L. McDonald-Wikkler (1985) 'The social construction of unreality: a case study of a family's attribution of competence to a severely retarded child', Family Process 24: 241-54

Pollner, Melvin (1987) Mundane reason: reality in everyday life and sociological discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Italian Edition, Rome: Il Molino; 1995]

Emerson, Robert M., Melvin Pollner (1988) 'On the use of members' responses to researchers' accounts', Human Organization 47: 189-98

Melvin Pollner, Robert M. Emerson (1988) 'The dynamics of inclusion and distance in fieldwork relations'. In R. M. Emerson, ed., Contemporary Field Research: A Collection of Readings. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press: 235-52

Pollner, Melvin, David Goode (1990) 'Ethnomethodology and person-centered practices',Person Centered Review 5: 203-20

Pollner, Melvin (1991) 'Left of ethnomethodology: the rise and decline of radical reflexivity', American Sociological Review 56: 370-80

Emerson, Robert M., Melvin Pollner (1992) 'Difference and dialogue: members' readings of ethnographic texts'. In: Gale Miller, James A. Holstein, eds., Perspectives on Social Problems: A Research Annual, Vol. 3. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press:.79-98

Pollner, Melvin (1993) 'The reflexivity of constructionism and the construction of reflexivity'. In: J.A. Holstein, G. Miller, eds. Reconsidering social constructionism: debates in social problems theory. New York: Aldine de Gruyter: 199-212

Pollner, Melvin (1997) 'A World without Words and the World with Words', Human Studies 20/3: 377-81

Pollner, Melvin, Jill Stein (2000) 'Doubled-over in laughter: Humor and the construction of selves in Alcoholics Anonymous'. In: Jaber Gubrium, James Holstein, eds. Institutional Selves. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 46-63

Pollner, Melvin, Robert Emerson (2001) 'Ethnomethodology and ethnography'. In Paul Atkinson et al, eds, Handbook of Ethnography, London: Sage: 118-35

Emerson, Robert M., Melvin Pollner (2001) 'Constructing participant/observation relations'. In: R.M. Emerson, ed. Contemporary field research: perspective and formulations. Sec. Ed. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press

Pollner, Melvin (2002) 'Inside the bubble: Communion, cognition, and deep play at the intersection of Wall Street and Cyberspace'. In Steve Woolgar, ed. Virtual Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 230-246

See also:

Berard,.Tim J. (2002) 'Moving forward by looking back: Revisiting Melvin Pollner's "Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory"', Human Studies 25: 495-98

Berard, Tim J. (2003) 'Ethnomethodology as radical sociology: An expansive appreciation of Melvin Pollner's "Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling Theory"', Human Studies 26: 431-48