Case Reconstruction, Network Analysis, and Perspectives of a Procedural Methodology


  • Stephan Lorenz Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena



methodology, case reconstruction, grounded theory, objective hermeneutics, network, sociological theory, Latour, environmental sociology, transdisciplinarity


The procedure Bruno LATOUR developed in Politics of nature (2004) is interpreted in a methodical way and in relation to proved methods of case reconstruction. The resulting methodological model, referred to as a procedural methodology, is outlined and discussed, including its promises and problems. The procedural methodology is appropriate for integrating the various requirements for doing research and it builds bridges across different "qualitative" methods, methodology, and contemporary society analysis, just as between social and environmental research. Its main characteristics are worked out as procedurality, sequentiality, multidimensionality, reflexivity, and transdisciplinarity. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801105


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Author Biography

Stephan Lorenz, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Stephan LORENZ, Dr. phil., Soziologe M.A., ist Post-doc-Stipendiat der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung und Lehrbeauftragter am Lehrstuhl von Prof. Hartmut ROSA am Institut für Soziologie in Jena. Thematische Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind neben qualitativer Methodik u.a. Überfluss und Wachstum, Konsum und Ernährung, Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit, Kultursoziologie.



How to Cite

Lorenz, S. (2008). Case Reconstruction, Network Analysis, and Perspectives of a Procedural Methodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).