Human Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 2–3, pp 253–269

Peter McHugh and Analysis: The One and the Many, the Universal and the Particular, the Whole and the Part

Memorial Paper


This paper takes the passing of Peter McHugh as an occasion to examine the intellectual development of his work. The paper is mainly focused on the product of his collaboration with his colleague and friend, Alan Blum. As such, it addresses the tradition of social inquiry, Analysis, which they cofounded. It traces the influence of Harold Garfinkel’s Ethnomethodology on McHugh and on the beginning of Analysis. The collaboration with Blum is examined through a variety of coauthored works but most especially in the two books On the Beginning of Social Inquiry (1974) and Self Reflection in the Arts and Sciences (1984). It also examines the relation of his independent writing before 1974, and since 1984 to the expression of the tradition of inquiry as exemplified in those two texts. The paper builds on some interview material with Peter McHugh and reflects on the influence of Peter the teacher as well as the theorist McHugh. Most especially, through its engagement with this material, it seeks to exemplify the dialectic and living nature of the program called Analysis.


Peter McHugh Alan Blum Analysis Harold Garfinkel Ethnomethodology Foucault Postmodernism Hannah Arendt Reflexivity Rules and Principles 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySt. Jerome’s University in the University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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