"Deutungsmusteranalyse" (Interpretation Pattern Analysis) in Criminological Research

  • Christian Höffling Universität Bremen
  • Christine Plaß Universität Bremen
  • Michael Schetsche Universität Bremen
Keywords: patterns of interpretation, qualitative research, corruption, criminology, methodology, sociology of knowledge

Abstract

We present how a theory of social patterns of interpretation (Deutungsmuster) that is based on the sociology of knowledge can be used as a foundation and starting-point for the empirical analysis of different inventories of crime-related knowledge. The central elements of patterns of interpretation and four concrete steps for their reconstruction are described. By using the example "Corruption in Germany" we demonstrate what the result of such an analysis of patterns of interpretation can look like. In conclusion we provide some thoughts on the applicability of the analysis of patterns of interpretation for various fields of criminological research and some advice for methodological problems of the approach that have not been resolved up to now. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201149

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Author Biographies

Christian Höffling, Universität Bremen
Christian HÖFFLING, Dr. rer. pol., Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für empirische und angewandte Soziologie (EMPAS) der Universität Bremen.
Christine Plaß, Universität Bremen
Christine PLASS, Dipl. Sozialwiss., Doktorandin am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Bremen
Michael Schetsche, Universität Bremen
Michael SCHETSCHE, Dr. rer. pol., Privatdozent am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Bremen
Published
2002-01-31
How to Cite
Höffling, C., Plaß, C., & Schetsche, M. (2002). "Deutungsmusteranalyse" (Interpretation Pattern Analysis) in Criminological Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-3.1.878