In Memoriam Melvin Pollner

October 13th 1940-November 2nd 2007

Mel Pollner, a distinctive early ethnomethodologist, passed away on November 2nd 2007 in Los Angeles.
Yvette Jean has taken the initiative to build a website for his memory:


Mel Pollner's unique contributions continue to deserve to be read and reflected upon.


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

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