Review: Klaus Antons, Andreas Amann, Gisela Clausen, Oliver König & Karl Schattenhofer (2001). Gruppenprozesse verstehen. Gruppendynamische Forschung und Praxis [Understanding Group Processes. Group Dynamics—Research and Practice]

  • Michael B. Buchholz Universität Göttingen
Keywords: group dynamics, qualitative research, objective hermeneutics


The review discusses a book about qualitative research in group dynamics. The book describes the processes of two training groups through their transcriptions—evaluating them, on the one hand, with qualitative methods and, on the other, with therapeutic concepts. Both views confront each other in a productive way through the researchers' reflections upon each other's process. By way of these all-encompassing reflections, transparency is reached into what "understanding" means in such complex settings. This enormous endeavour succeeds convincingly; nonetheless, some problems are raised by the reviewer. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs030227


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Author Biography

Michael B. Buchholz, Universität Göttingen
Michael B. BUCHHOLZ (, Dipl.-Psych., Dr. phil., apl. Prof. am Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Göttingen, arbeitet als Psychoanalytiker in privater Praxis. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Qualitative Sozialforschung, besonders Metapherntheorie. In zurückliegenden Ausgaben von FQS finden sich weitere Besprechungen von Michael B. BUCHHOLZ, u.a. zu den Bänden Qualitative Psychotherapy Research (, Where Mathematics Comes From (, sowie eine Sammelbesprechung Language and Gesture (