Interpretative Visual Analysis. Developments, State of the Art and Pending Problems


  • Bernt Schnettler
  • Jürgen Raab Universität Luzern



visual sociology, history of interpretative research, video, sociological hermeneutics, genre analysis


he article offers a brief resume of recent developments in the field of interpretative visual analysis with emphasis on the German speaking area and the sociological discipline. It lays a special focus on hermeneutical and genre analysis and on research with audiovisual data. Far from constituting an already closed field, the authors stress the fact that methodological advances in qualitative research based in visual data still face a number of pending quests. This encompasses sequentiality, complexity and naturalness of videographic data, and extends to the respective methodological challenges for transcription, analysis and presentation of results. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803314


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Author Biographies

Bernt Schnettler

Bernt SCHNETTLER is Assistant Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Jürgen Raab, Universität Luzern

Jürgen RAAB is Professor at the Universität Luzern, Switzerland and the University of Konstanz, Germany.




How to Cite

Schnettler, B., & Raab, J. (2008). Interpretative Visual Analysis. Developments, State of the Art and Pending Problems. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(3).



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