Why Doesn't Charles Bovary Want to be a General Practitioner Anymore? On the Mediality of Interviews with General Practitioners in Their Advanced Training

  • Niklas Barth Technische Universität München
  • Antonius Schneider Technische Universität München
Keywords: shortage of general practitioners, narratology, media theory, systems theoretical hermeneutics, grounded theory methodology, episodic interviewing


In this article, we focus on interviews with general practitioners about their advanced training. While analyzing these interviews one can learn how motives can generally be narrated. This shows how the communication of contingency is a functional resource for mastering the contingency of narrating a story. Importantly, these interviews make the mediality of the scientific process visible. The selective form of these interviews is itself a relevant sociological feature. A sociology that often does not focus on the selective form of interviews may benefit from these results.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs160317


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Niklas Barth, Technische Universität München

Niklas BARTH, Dipl.-Soz., ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Soziologie der Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Prof. Armin NASSEHI) und am Lehrstuhl für Allgemeinmedizin der Technischen Universität München (Prof. Antonius SCHNEIDER).

Antonius Schneider, Technische Universität München

Antonius SCHNEIDER, Univ. Prof., Dr. med, ist Direktor des Instituts für Allgemeinmedizin der Technischen Universität München.

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