Hermeneutic Sociology of Knowledge for Intercultural Understanding


  • Norbert Schröer Universität Duisburg-Essen




hermeneutic, sociology of knowledge, intercultural understanding in research, culture-native co-interpretation


Intercultural communication is a form of interaction that is highly susceptible to errors. Hence, for a long time it has been studied primarily with regard to the kinds of misunderstandings that it typically produces. However, under pressure from increasing globalization, which also encompasses communication processes, questions concerning the limitations and possibilities for intercultural understanding are gaining the attention of scholars. This contribution addresses first the fundamental possibility of intercultural communication, and on this basis derives conclusions concerning how processes of intercultural understanding can be reconstructed. Finally, the attainable results and methods of a methodologically controlled reconstruction of these processes are described from the perspective of hermeneutic sociology of knowledge. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0901408


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Author Biography

Norbert Schröer, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Norbert SCHRÖER, Dr. rer. soc., lecturer of communication studies, University Duisburg-Essen, and lecturer in qualitative social research methods, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Publications: Ronald Hitzler, Jo Reichertz & Norbert Schröer (Eds.) (1999). Wissenssoziologische Hermeneutik. Standpunkte zur Theorie der Interpretation. Konstanz: UVK; Norbert Schröer (2002). Verfehlte Verständigung. Kommunikationsssoziologische Fallstudie zur interkulturellen Kommunikation. Konstanz: UVK; Jo Reichertz & Norbert Schröer (Eds.) (2003). Hermeneutische Polizeiforschung. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.




How to Cite

Schröer, N. (2009). Hermeneutic Sociology of Knowledge for Intercultural Understanding. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.1.1216



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