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The societal nature of subjectivity : an interdisciplinary methodological challenge

Der gesellschaftliche Charakter von Subjektivität : eine interdisziplinäre methodologische Herausforderung
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Salling Olesen, Henning

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Abstract "The HSR Focus presents a psycho-societal approach to qualitative empirical research in several areas of everyday social life. It is an approach which integrates a theory of subjectivity and an interpretation methodology which integrates hermeneutic experiences from text analysis and psychoanalysis. Its particular focus is on subjectivity - as an aspect of the research object and as an aspect of the research process. By the term 'approach' is indicated the intrinsic connection between the theorizing of an empirical object and the reflection of the research process and the epistemic subject. In terms of methodology it revives the themes originally launched in FOS exactly ten years ago: 'Subjectivity and Reflectivity in Qualitative Research' (Breuer, Mruck and Roth 2002; Mruck and Breuer 2003). This editorial introduction presents the intellectual background of the psycho-societal methodology, reflects on its relevance and critical perspectives in a contemporary landscape of social science, and comments the way in which an international and interdisciplinary research group has developed this approach to profane empirical research." (author's abstract)
Keywords sociological theory; social psychology; individuality; individual; social relations; social factors; socialization; condition of socialization; intelligence; epistemology; interdisciplinary research; subjectivity; research approach; methodology; qualitative method
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Research Design
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 7-25
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Cultural analysis and in-depth hermeneutics
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works