"Qualitative" Methods of Social Research in France: Reconstructing the Actor, Deconstructing the Subject

Johannes Angermüller


This contribution gives an overview of the numerous tendencies of open non-standardised social research in France. For various reasons, the label "qualitative" seems to be less distinctive than in the Anglo-Saxon world and Germany. While the interpretive-hermeneutic (verstehend) ap­proa­ches have recently come to play a certain role as a result of international reception, a strong tradition that does not fit into the quantitative-qual­itative divide has to be noted: discourse analysis which I will label "quasi-qualitative". A comparison between the interpretive-hermeneutic tendencies of qual­itative sociology and the semiologically informed strands of discourse analysis reveals fundamental differences as well as points of convergence.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503194


qualitative sociology; interpretive and hermeneutic methods; ethnography; discourse analysis; linguistics; Foucault; Lacan; Althusser; pragmatics; France

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.8

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