One Thing Leads to Another or: Self-Reflexivity as Method


  • Olaf Jensen Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut NRW
  • Harald Welzer Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut NRW



qualitative research, intersubjective production of text, hermeneutic dialogue analysis, symbolic interactionism, research on transitions, research on traditions of historical consciousness, research on national socialism


Based on examples of interview material out of several of our research projects we show how the phenomenon of interest is represented in the research situation itself. Interaction processes between interviewee and interviewer are interpreted as gauges of a reality beyond the research situation, since these interaction processes are also part of everyday communications. Using this perspective, we demonstrate how issues of interest are discussed and bargained in the interview itself. Using the methodology of Hermeneutic Dialogue Analyses we perceive interview data not as something indicating bits of reality lying outside the research situation but as in-vivo-data of actual social reality to be researched and interpreted. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0302320


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Author Biographies

Olaf Jensen, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut NRW

Olaf JENSEN, Diplom-Sozialwissenschaftler; 1997-2000 Mitarbeiter im Forschungsprojekt "Tradierung von Geschichtsbewußtsein" am Psychologischen Institut der Universität Hannover; zur Zeit Dissertationsprojekt zu den Strukturmerkmalen des intergenerationellen Sprechens über die NS-Vergangenheit und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Forschungsprojekt "Erinnerung und Gedächtnis" am Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI), Essen.

Harald Welzer, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut NRW

Prof. Dr. Harald WELZER (, Sozialpsychologe und Soziologe; Leiter mehrerer Forschungsprojekte zur Erinnerungs- und Tradierungsforschung am Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI), Essen und Forschungsprofessor für Sozialpsychologie an der Universität Witten/Herdecke.



How to Cite

Jensen, O., & Welzer, H. (2003). One Thing Leads to Another or: Self-Reflexivity as Method. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 4(2).