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  • 1 Drexel University School of Library and Information Science Philadelphia USA Philadelphia USA
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Twenty-one authors were selected from NicholasMullins' 1972 lists of leaders in two emergent sociological theory groups, new causal theory and ethnomethodology. Data on cocitation of their works for the periods 1972–1976 and 1977–1981 were extracted from theSocial Scisearch database and subjected to factor analysis and multidimensional scaling programs. Interpretation of the results, based on examination of a sample of the cited literature, confirmed Mullins' division of these authors into two distinct groups. The evidence indicates that ethnomethodology is neither dying out nor becoming more alienated from mainstream sociology.