Exploring Another's Subjective Life-World : A phenomenological approach

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Regarding the relationship between phenomenology and the social sciences, significantly different traditions exist between German-speaking countries and the Anglo-Saxon world, which create many misunderstandings. Phenomenology is not just a research method; in its origin, it is a philosophy and has epistemological and methodological implications for empirical research. This essay pursues several goals: First, some basic tenets of Husserl's phenomenology and Schutz's mundane life-world analysis are restated. Second, an approach of "phenomenological hermeneutics" is presented that complies with the postulate of adequacy and aspires to understand other people's life-worlds more profoundly than the widely accepted research practice of treating interview transcripts as data. The methodical procedure is illustrated using selected pieces from a case study of a patient who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and became severely disoriented. Third, some crucial implications of such an approach are discussed in regard to a phenomenology-based ethnography.
Authors Eberle, Thomas S.
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Language English
Keywords phenomenology; hermeneutics; ethnography; life-world; dialogical reconstruction
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2 June 2015
Publisher Sage Periodicals Press
Place of Publication Newbury Park, Calif.
Number 2
Page Range 1-17
Number of Pages 17
ISSN 0891-2416
ISSN-Digital 1552-5414
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241615587383
Depositing User Dr. Niklaus Reichle
Date Deposited 10 Jun 2015 10:23
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:24
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/241538


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Eberle, Thomas S. (2015) Exploring Another's Subjective Life-World : A phenomenological approach. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, (2). 1-17. ISSN 0891-2416


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